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High Stakes in FCC’s Proposed Broadband Plan

The FCC is scheduled to present its National Broadband Plan next month to Congress - and the stakes could not be higher. The Chairman of the Alliance for Digital Equality - a Speed Matters partner - Julius Hollis wrote last week about the need for a measured approach to ensure all Americans have access to fast and readily accessible broadband Internet. Read More »

States win big in second round of broadband stimulus funds

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke recently announced the latest round of economic stimulus awards totaling $357 million for expanded high-speed Internet access. Nine states received record funding for broadband expansion. Nine states - California, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Wisconsin - received funding from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. Read More »

FCC Chairman Genachowski Announces Support for Nationwide 100 mbps Broadband

FCC Chairman Genachowski previewed features of the FCC’s National Broadband Plan in an announcement on January 16. Genachowski outlined a major component of the plan, a goal to have 100 million households at 100 megabits per second within 10 years. Read More »

Obama Administration Announces $1 Billion for Health Technology Job Creation

The Federal Government announced nearly $1 billion in Recovery Act awards to train over 10,000 new health IT workers and promote meaningful adoption of emerging technology in the health care industry. Read More »

Comcast and NBC - No way!

A planned deal between NBC Universal and Comcast raises serious concerns for consumers, media competition and workers. Recently, the Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights brought the merger further into the spotlight by holing a hearing on the plan. Many people, including Sen. Al Franken spoke sharply against the deal. Read More »

ACI study finds network operators create more, better paying jobs

According to a new American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research study, "network" companies, such as AT&T and Verizon - produce more, better paying jobs than non-network companies like Google and eBay. It found that for every $1 billion in revenue, network companies provided 2,329 jobs while non-network companies provided 1,199 jobs. Read More »

CWA calls for broadband goal of 50 mbps downstream and 20 upstream by 2015

The Communications Workers of America used the FCC's last request for public comment before the release of the national broadband plan to issue a public notice laying out what they consider to be top priorities for the plan. CWA's proposals include bringing U.S. networks to world-class standards by setting ambitious, but achievable goals, with an immediate goal of 10 megabits per second downstream and 1 megabit per second up; and 50 megabits down and 20 up to 80 percent of the population by 2015. Read More »

Watch for exponential growth, changing business model for mobile devices

According to a study by ABI Research, the market for broadband-enabled consumer devices - which range from smart phones and readers to GPS and mobile gaming systems - is expected to grow by a factor of 55 over the next five years. Read More »

The number of jobs grows as broadband grows

Employment growth correlates with broadband availability according to a report released by the Public Policy Institute of California. Especially in sparsely populated areas, and in areas with tech-heavy industries, adoption and deployment of broadband increases the number of jobs available. Read More »

CWA: FCC must preserve an open Internet while promoting investment, quality jobs

The Communications Workers of America expressed support for efforts by the Federal Communications Commission to protect an open Internet that are consistent with the need to promote investment in the nation's high-speed networks and create jobs. In comments filed with the Commission, CWA pointed out that it was critical that open Internet rules "do not have the unintended consequence of dampening the private investment needed to build the next-generation broadband networks that will bring our nation's broadband capability up to global standards and create and maintain good jobs." Read More »

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