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Broadband tools overcome barriers for quality healthcare

We have discussed the impact that broadband access can have on healthcare for some time. With the help of our friends at App-rising.com, we are taking a deeper look into the specific ways expanded and improved broadband access can improve healthcare. App-rising lists ten applications that can improve the quality, speed, and communication of various medical procedures. Speed Matters highlights three of those ten applications. Read More »

National broadband plan must include public hearings, benchmarks for progress

In comments submitted to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Communications Workers of America (CWA) commended the FCC for moving forward promptly to develop a national broadband plan. CWA recommends that the Commission hold a series of public hearings to solicit guidance for the plan, set specific benchmarks to increase broadband speeds to the home, establish tax incentives to encourage broadband build out and upgrades, and safeguard consumers and create quality jobs. Read More »

The new and improved Speed Matters

Just five months in and 2009 has all the makings of a momentous year for broadband speed and adoption. First, the federal government commits $7.2 billion of stimulus money for high-speed Internet, which starts up a national dialogue on acceptable Internet speeds, areas of need and the problem of adoption rates. Now, Speed Matters launches a new and improved website. Read More »

Three leaders in broadband adoption and deployment join forces

The Communication Workers of America, the Alliance for Digital Equality, and Connected Nation announced a groundbreaking partnership on Monday, April 27, 2009. The three leaders in broadband advocacy will work together to educate "the American consumer about the benefits of new broadband technologies, and retraining the workforce for new job opportunities in a variety of tech-related fields," according to a joint press release. Read More »

FCC takes first step to develop national broadband plan

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 directs the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to develop a national broadband plan, due to Congress by February 17, 2010. As a first step, the FCC published a Notice of Inquiry on April 8 seeking public comment on the national broadband plan. Read More »

Rep. Boucher holds hearing on broadband stimulus programs

The House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet held a hearing to examine issues surrounding the broadband programs created under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act on Thursday, April 2. Read More »

Role of States and Network Neutrality discussed at broadband roundtable

The fifth of six broadband stimulus roundtables was held in Washington DC on Monday, March 23 and the role of the states, broadband mapping and network neutrality were the topics of discussion. Read More »

Broadband stimulus roundtable moves to Arizona

At the third broadband stimulus roundtable, speakers attempted to tackle the problem of reaching vulnerable populations with broadband deployment. Read More »

Broadband availability on tribal lands discussed at second broadband roundtable

At the second NTIA broadband roundtable in Las Vegas on March 17, the discussion revolved around reaching vulnerable populations, selection criteria and definitions of "broadband", "underserved" and "unserved". Read More »

First NTIA broadband stimulus roundtable

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) held the first of six broadband stimulus roundtables at the Department of Commerce building in Washington, DC on March 16. The roundtables are designed to get public input on the rules the NTIA must write to implement the Broadband Technology Oppportunities grant program. Read More »

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