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Broadband and telemedicine can save lives

USDA Rural Development and Cooperstown-based Bassett Healthcare joined forces to demonstrate the life saving capabilities of broadband and medical technologies, on Oct. 27. The event celebrated USDA's 60th Anniversary of its Telecommunications Program. Read More »

Report to FCC details barriers to broadband adoption

New York Law School's Advanced Communications Law & Policy Institute (ACLP) released a report to the FCC explaining the barriers to widespread broadband adoption among six focus areas: senior citizens, people with disabilities, telemedicine, energy, education and government. Read More »

Who will get broadband stimulus funds?

With $7.2 billion in broadband funds from the stimulus, and over 2,200 applicants requesting over $28 billion, the question remains: to whom will the funding be awarded? Read More »

Broadband Opportunity Coalition letter calls for balanced regulation

In a letter to the FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, members of the Broadband Opportunity Coalition (BBOC) - a group that includes the Urban League, the League of United Latin American Citizens, The Asian American Justice Center, and National Council of La Raza - urged the FCC to make sure that proposed net neutrality regulations are consistent with efforts to bridge the digital divide. Read More »

Verizon-Frontier spin-off faces more roadblocks

Verizon's plan to sell off $8.6 billion worth of broadband assets to Frontier Communications has no shortage of opposition. The proposed merger spans across 14 states and is subject to approval by the FCC and 10 state utility commissions. Read More »

First four NTIA state grants awarded

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced on October 5th that it has awarded four state grants in California, Indiana, North Carolina, and Vermont for broadband mapping. Read More »

From fishing to real estate, rural businesses need broadband

Rural businesses need broadband access to compete - no matter what they're selling. In rural Minnesota, the tourism and real estate industries are finding themselves at a disadvantage in an increasingly web-based marketplace. Read More »

Opposition to Verizon-Frontier deal is growing

The opposition to the proposed sale of 4.8 million Verizon landlines to Frontier Communications is growing. State utility advocates, consumer groups, state officials, and unions have all raised serious concerns about the deal. Read More »

FCC Task force: Americans are overcharged for Internet access

Are Americans getting less broadband than they pay for? Unfortunately, according to the FCC National Broadband Plan task force, the answer is yes. The task force gathering data for the National Broadband Plan is finding that many Americans are paying for broadband at speeds substantially lower than advertised speeds. Read More »

Concerns remain over Verizon-Frontier deal

The proposed deal that would allow Verizon to sell its landlines to Frontier Communications in 14 states has citizens, unions, and local officials all concerned. Read More »

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