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Study: US Continues to Trail Peers in Broadband Development

The United States is ranked twenty-third in broadband development according to recently released global rankings. Read More »

The FCC Celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the ADA

Chairman Julius Genachowski touted the FCC's work implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and pointed to the commission's current efforts to tear down barriers to digital accessibility, at an event celebrating the 20th anniversary of the historic legislation. Read More »

UK introduces ambitious universal broadband plan

'Networked Nation,' a new government report issued in the United Kingdom, lays out a bold blueprint to get 10 million more Britons online. Read More »

FCC: Up to 24 Million Americans Don’t Have Broadband Access

In its Sixth Broadband Deployment Report, the FCC painted a decidedly grim picture of the state of universal broadband access in the United States. The Commission estimates that between 14 and 24 million Americans still lack access to broadband Internet. As a result, the Commission concluded — for the first time — that broadband is not "being deployed to all Americans in a reasonable and timely fashion," as directed by Congres. Read More »

Broadband is Key to Reinventing Education

According to a recent opinion piece in the Washington Post, e-learning has the potential to revolutionize the way American students learn inside and outside of the classroom. Read More »

Senate committee approves new technology accessibility standards

The Senate Commerce Committee approved legislation that would require electronics companies to make their products more accessible to the hearing and vision impaired, extending the promise of cutting-edge technologies to millions of disabled Americans. Read More »

FCC Commits More Funds To Connect Rural Health Providers

The FCC is aiming to close the digital divide in healthcare with an ambitious retooling of the Rural Health Care Support Mechanism, one of four programs funded by the Universal Service Fund. Read More »

Baltimore Library Opens Door to High-Speed Internet Access

Baltimore's Enoch Pratt Free Library is at the forefront of a fundamental transformation in the role of public libraries in America--providing a free portal to high-speed Internet access. Read More »

Finland Mandates Universal Broadband Access

Starting this month, every citizen of Finland will have access to a 1 Megabit-per-second (Mbps) broadband connection. Read More »

Percentage of Ohioans subscribing to broadband increases seven percent from 2009

A new report from Connect Ohio--an affiliate of Speed Matters partner Connected Nation--showed that 62 percent of the state’s residents subscribe to a broadband Internet connection. That is an increase over 2009, when the number was only 55 percent. Read More »

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