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Internet Services Help Americans Connect to Jobs

With the U.S. unemployment rate at 9.4 percent this past December, many Americans continue to face a difficult economic outlook. For tens of millions, finding reliable, well-paying jobs is still an ongoing struggle. With limited job openings, the biggest hurdle is often knowing where to look -- and today that means going online. Read More »

New “Digital Divide” Among Minorities

As the proliferation of wireless broadband connections spreads across the United States, some have expressed optimism that this will close the digital divide in minority communities. Data indicates that African Americans and Latinos disproportionately access the Internet over mobile devices. Read More »

An Introduction to the Universal Service Fund: How We Can Use it to Bolster Broadband Adoption

The Universal Service Fund (USF) is a common fund that helps support the provision and maintenance of basic telephone services to residents in rural parts of the country, monitored primarily by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). While this may sound archaic, it has very important present-day applications -- especially when applied to broadband. Read More »

Reforming the Universal Service Fund

The Universal Service Fund, created by the FCC to meet the communication needs of Americans, will turn 14 years old this year. In 2011, the fund needs to adopt modernizing reforms that will bring it up to date with the goals of the National Broadband Plan. Read More »

Broadband & Social Justice Policy Summit to Address the Digital Divide

The Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC) -- a Speed Matters partner -- will be hosting its second annual Broadband and Social Justice Policy Summit on January 20th and 21st in Washington, DC. The summit will convene leaders, researchers, and policy makers in the fields of broadband policy and adoption, telecommunications, and social justice around the theme of "Bridging the Digital Divide." Read More »

Why Connecting the Unconnected to Broadband Helps Everyone on the Network

Logic tells us that the more people who are connected to a network, the more benefits each individual user has. And it's true. This is yet another reason why there is a duty to connect everyone in the nation. Read More »

Connect Ohio Launches Every Citizen Online Program

One of the biggest gaps to broadband adoption is Internet literacy. For disenfranchised populations, it may be difficult to make the leap to online education, financial transactions, or career growth without basic online skills. That’s why Connect Ohio is bringing adoption programs to centers around the state. Read More »

Genachowski Credits CWA Support for FCC’s Open Internet Rules

In announcing the FCC's Open Internet rules, Chairman Genachowski called the framework one that will protect the intrinsic openness of the web, while creating a place for investment and innovation to thrive. Read More »

Broadband is the Answer

Broadband deployment will create a stronger foundation for economic growth according to Charles Benton, Chairman of the Benton Foundation and Public Media Inc. Read More »

Broadband Critical to Economic Growth in America

The recession has hit Americans hard over the past year. With unemployment hovering around 10 percent, and higher for Hispanics and African Americans, much still needs to be done to revitalize the economy and bridge the employment gap. Read More »

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