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FCC Sets Six Month Deadline for Online Closed Captioning

Last October, President Obama signed into law the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 — "a bill to increase the access of persons with disabilities to modern communications, and for other purposes." In short it required that Internet video content be closed-captioned for the hearing impaired — just as it is on broadcast and cable television. Read More »

California Commission Hears Labor Views on AT&T/T-Mobile

The California Public Utilities Commission held the last of three public workshops on the proposed AT&T/T-Mobile merger. At the hearing, held in Los Angeles on July 21, 2001, labor joined community and business organizations to voice its support to the merger. Read More »

Disabled Can Increase Employment Opportunities With Assistive Technology

Among the people who benefit most from innovative online technologies are the disabled. The profoundly deaf can communicate as easily by email as the general population. People with mobility problems can without difficulty conference via Skype or other video service. But according to one estimate, only half of people with disabilities have adopted broadband. Read More »

Farm Workers Backing AT&T/T-Mobile Merger

United Farm Workers President Arturo Rodriguez announced in a July 12, 2011, newspaper op-ed that the fabled union is supporting the AT&T/T-Mobile merger, in part because it promises to bring information technology to rural areas. Read More »

Low-Income Families Still Lagging In Broadband Access

In a report released July 11, 2011, Connected Nation examined broadband adoption among low-income households and substantiated a persistent social problem. Read More »

Democratic Senators Want FCC To Eliminate Broadband Coverage Gaps

In early July, Democratic Senators Mark Warner (Va.) and John Kerry (Mass.) wrote to the Federal Communications Commission urging that the FCC reallocate resources from providing universal landline phone service to broadband. The letter asked that the $8 billion Universal Service Fund be used for areas lacking in modern broadband service, and that they be brought up to baseline speed. Read More »

Health IT Can Aid Disease Prevention in New Ways

Electronic health records, social media, and mobile tools are providing a new line of defense in the fight against preventive disease. New technologies are making access to patient histories, support groups, and health resources more available than ever before. Read More »

Shrinks Shrink Distances With Broadband-Based Tele-Mental Health

While most people associate telemedicine with remote patient monitoring, videoconferencing, and health records, there is an exciting new use for broadband-based health care called "tele-mental health." Read More »

Rural America Needs More Broadband, Report Says

The federal government needs to foster the creation of more broadband networks in the rural areas of the United States, according to a new study. Read More »

Public Libraries Need More Broadband, Study Says

American public libraries need more robust broadband networks to keep up with patrons' needs, according to the 2011 Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study, a project of the American Library Association, a Speed Matters partner. Read More »

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