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U.S. telecom policy should promote open Internet and private sector investment

CWA supports the initiative announced today by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski to develop rules to protect an open Internet. At the same time, we look to the FCC to move forward in setting rules and policies that will encourage investment, ensure reasonable network management, safeguard transparency, promote media diversity and lead to the growth of good jobs in the telecommunications industry. Read More »

All fifty states apply for broadband grant program

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) received applications from 50 states, 5 territories and the District of Columbia for the State Broadband Data and Development Grant Program. Read More »

The FCC hosts three workshops on broadband deployment and adoption

The FCC is continuing its series of workshops on the state of broadband deployment and adoption throughout the nation. During the first week of September, two workshops focused on state and local government broadband initiatives and recommendations for broadband benchmarks. Participants included officials from various state and local governments, representatives of several non-profit policy organizations, including Speed Matters' partners One Economy and the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), as well as academics and industry representatives. Read More »

You want broadband and you want it now

The federal government received 2,200 applications for the first round of broadband stimulus funds - easing concerns that demand would be low. In total, $28 billion was requested, but only $4 billion of the total $7.2 billion will be doled out in this round. Read More »

Speed Matters report resonates with press, blogs

In the United States we value fast cars, fast food and fast Internet. Well, two out of three isn’t bad. Speed Matters third annual study on Internet download speeds was released last week and the results are in: The United States made little progress since in the last year to improve the speed of our Internet connections. Many media outlets and bloggers cited the new report as evidence for the U.S. lagging behind other nations including: USA Today, CNET, the Chicago Sun Times, The Christian Science Monitor, LA Times, PC Magazine, Life Hacker and GigaOm. Read More »

Speed Matters proud to sponsor Netroots Nation

The conference will feature panels led by national and international experts, a progressive film screening series, practical training sessions and workshops, and the most concentrated gathering of progressive bloggers to date. Speed Matters, who is proud to sponsor the event is excited to see a slate of discussions focused on issues related to broadband, Internet policy and expanded access to online resources. Read More »

FCC’s Genachowski & Levin lay out National Broadband Plan process

Newly confirmed FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski emphasized the importance of providing every American access to affordable high speed Internet connections at the first open Commission meeting of his term. The FCC will be developing a National Broadband Plan - as mandated in the broadband stimulus portion of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act - that must be delivered to Congress in February 2010. Read More »

NTIA and RUS release rules for first broadband stimulus grants

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) released the rules for disbursement of the broadband stimulus funds. The rules affect three programs -- the Broadband Technology Opportunity Program, the RUS Broadband Initiatives Program and the State Broadband Data Development Program -- and will account for about $4 billion of the $7.2 billion allocated for broadband in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The rules defined three terms -- unserved, underserved and broadband -- which were an area of much debate in hearings held earlier this year. Read More »

New broadband report: End of scarcity, open architecture, and broadband competition

The latest report from two leading broadband research organizations -- the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation and the Silicon Flatirons Center -- summarizes a discussion among leading broadband experts on institutional strategies to advance broadband policy goals. There was considerable agreement on the value of using targeted subsidies to provide ubiquitous broadband for a basic level of access, the need to ensure robust middle mile capability; and the potentially misleading nature of "peak" broadband speeds. The roundtable could not reach closure on how to evaluate the nature and extent of broadband competition and other issues. Read More »

Biden: CWA “had it exactly right - speed matters”

On June 24, Vice President Biden told the 2,000 delegates attending the CWA national convention in Washington, D.C.: "You had it exactly right - speed matters." Biden highlighted the $7 billion in broadband grants in the stimulus bill and emphasized that broadband investment is about creating good jobs for workers in the industry, in our nation, and solving the many challenges we face as a nation. Read More »

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