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Members of the Broadband Opportunity Coalition: How the NAACP is Promoting Broadband Adoption

The thought of civil rights often brings to mind images of historic marches and boycotts. A generation ago, such undertakings brought attention to unequal treatment, encouraging action among those who could work to promote equality. In the age of information, inequality doesn't look the same as it did in the 20th century. Today's civil rights challenges include digital inequality. Read More »

Hispanic Communities Falling Behind in the Digital Divide

With broadband adoption and use on the rise, millions of previously underserved Americans are connecting to the web each year. Yet, even with this growth, Hispanic populations still lag far behind other cohorts in adopting broadband technology. Read More »

USF Reform Will Bring 21st Century Communications to Rural Areas

The unanimous vote by the Federal Communications Commission to reform the Universal Service Fund (USF) is a first step toward bringing the promise of high speed broadband to communities, residents, and businesses in rural and underserved areas. Read More »

Minnesota Still Has Work to Do on Rural Broadband Access

In order for Minnesota to meet its goal of providing every home and business with access to high-speed Internet, it needs to address the issue of the state's urban-rural divide, according to a new report. Read More »

CWA Supports Universal Service Fund Reform

With the FCC about to launch an important rulemaking to update the universal service program for broadband, CWA outlined its priorities in a recent meeting with Chairman Genachowski's legal advisor Zac Katz. Read More »

One Economy Launches National Technology Adoption Advisory Council

One Economy -- a global nonprofit dedicated to universal broadband and a Speed Matters partner -- recently announced the launch of the National Technology Adoption Advisory Council (NTAAC) to promote broadband opportunity for all. Read More »

Computers 4 Kids Teaches High School Students to Refurbish Computers, Donates Them to Local Families

ConnectKentucky’s Computers 4 Kids program will donate 150 refurbished computers to Greenup County families, according to Connected Nation. Read More »

Latoya Livingston on Broadband Adoption and the National Broadband Plan

If 2010 was the year of broadband legislation, then 2011 will be the year of broadband adoption. The digital divide is still a major concern for us all. With the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) reporting an adoption gap of at least 20 points between black and white Americans, and 20 points between Hispanic and white Americans, the FCC has a lot of work to accomplish the goals of the National Broadband Plan. Read More »

MMTC Broadband and Social Justice Policy Summit Highlights Adoption and Universal Service Reform

The Minority Media & Telecom Council (MMTC) hosted a two-day policy summit in Washington, D.C. with a broad focus on broadband policy and how it intersects with social justice and civil rights issues. Speakers included all of the FCC's Commissioners, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, Rep. Cliff Stearns - the Chairman of the House Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, Rep. Bobby Rush - the ranking member of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr., and a mix of industry and policy leaders. Read More »

USDA Rural Utilities Service Promotes Last-Mile Rural Connectivity

The US Department of Agriculture's Recovery Act Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP) awarded $3.5 billion to extend last-mile rural broadband infrastructure across the U.S. in an effort to extend high-speed Internet connections to homes, businesses, hospitals, schools, and public safety agencies. Read More »

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