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Poor and Minorities to Benefit from Broadband and Telehealth Advances

In a forceful op-ed in Monday's Baltimore Sun, former U.S. Congressman and NAACP President Kweisi Mfume spoke out on the particular need of poor and minorities for expanded broadband. Read More »

U.S. Cell Phone Use Verging on Universal

The Pew Research Center revealed yesterday that cell phone usage continues to grow in number, and continues to expand in function. Read More »

Obama Administration Adds 7 Million Broadband Subscribers To Rural America

According to an August, 2011 report, "Jobs and Economic Security in Rural America," the federal government has recently "Expanded broadband access to over 7 million rural Americans, including 3 million rural households and over 350,000 rural businesses. This expansion of rural broadband access is helping to lower costs for businesses and bring jobs back to rural communities." Read More »

FCC Asking For Input On Universal Service Plan - Again

FCC transformation of the Universal Service Fund to support broadband in rural areas takes another step forward as the agency develops a framework for reform. On August 1, 2011, Speed Matters reported on a telecommunications industry plan to modify the FCC's drive to reform Universal Service and Intercarrier Compensation. Read More »

Hispanics Need Broadband, But Digital Divide Persists, Says Former FCC Commissioner

Henry M. Rivera, Strategic Counsel of the Internet Innovation Alliance, and former FCC Commissioner, told the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) that a persistent digital divide continues to hold Hispanics back from access to information technology and better jobs. Read More »

Telcos Offer Plan To Reform Universal Service

A group of six major telecommunications companies submitted a plan to the FCC to reform the Universal Service Fund (USF) and the Intercarrier Compensation (ICC) process. The six — including Verizon, AT&T, CenturyLink, Windstream, Frontier, and FairPoint — proposed the plan to "shift the focus of the Federal Communications Commission's Universal Service Fund to supporting broadband deployment nationwide." Read More »

University Coalition Aims For Alternate, High-Speed Internet

A group of 29 American universities has announced a plan to create Gig.U, an online network many times faster than the public Internet. Gig.U would service communities adjacent to universities — most of them outside major cities — and is designed to encourage high-tech startups in those areas by offering 1 gigabit connections. Read More »

Only Five Percent Of Rural Hospitals Use Health IT Significantly

According to the Benton Foundation, the journal reports that most rural hospitals have not significantly progressed in their use of IT. Read More »

California Commission Hears Labor Views on AT&T/T-Mobile

The California Public Utilities Commission held the last of three public workshops on the proposed AT&T/T-Mobile merger. At the hearing, held in Los Angeles on July 21, 2001, labor joined community and business organizations to voice its support to the merger. Read More »

Buffalo Residents Protest Unequal Treatment From Verizon

On July 20, 2011, Buffalo NY residents testified at a Buffalo City Council meeting against Verizon discriminatory deployment of its high-speed broadband service. The giant telecom has brought state-of-the-art fiber optics — FiOS — to the suburbs of the Lake Erie city, but not to the city itself, despite lobbying by local leaders. Read More »

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