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MMTC Broadband and Social Justice Policy Summit Highlights Adoption and Universal Service Reform

The Minority Media & Telecom Council (MMTC) hosted a two-day policy summit in Washington, D.C. with a broad focus on broadband policy and how it intersects with social justice and civil rights issues. Speakers included all of the FCC's Commissioners, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, Rep. Cliff Stearns - the Chairman of the House Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, Rep. Bobby Rush - the ranking member of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr., and a mix of industry and policy leaders. Read More »

40 Countries Call Broadband a Universal Service Obligation

Broadband is considered to be a universal service in more than 40 countries, according to an International Telecommunication Union report. The study also found that 82 nations have or plan to adopt a universal broadband strategy. Read More »

USDA Rural Utilities Service Promotes Last-Mile Rural Connectivity

The US Department of Agriculture's Recovery Act Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP) awarded $3.5 billion to extend last-mile rural broadband infrastructure across the U.S. in an effort to extend high-speed Internet connections to homes, businesses, hospitals, schools, and public safety agencies. Read More »

BTOP is Working To Expand Broadband Adoption

While a lot of attention has been focused on the infrastructure grants awarded by The Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP), the biggest impact that BTOP grants could be in broadband adoption. There are a number of very exciting projects in this field, and several different models to increase digital literacy and interest in broadband. Read More »

CWA: Limit Mobility Fund to $100 Million; Move Forward on Comprehensive Universal Service Reform

The FCC just announced plans to open a comprehensive rulemaking to reform the Universal Service Fund. The FCC plans to establish a Connect America Fund — as recommended by the National Broadband Plan — to transition today's almost $5 billion annual support for voice telephony in rural areas to broadband build-out. Read More »

New “Digital Divide” Among Minorities

As the proliferation of wireless broadband connections spreads across the United States, some have expressed optimism that this will close the digital divide in minority communities. Data indicates that African Americans and Latinos disproportionately access the Internet over mobile devices. Read More »

An Introduction to the Universal Service Fund: How We Can Use it to Bolster Broadband Adoption

The Universal Service Fund (USF) is a common fund that helps support the provision and maintenance of basic telephone services to residents in rural parts of the country, monitored primarily by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). While this may sound archaic, it has very important present-day applications -- especially when applied to broadband. Read More »

Reforming the Universal Service Fund

The Universal Service Fund, created by the FCC to meet the communication needs of Americans, will turn 14 years old this year. In 2011, the fund needs to adopt modernizing reforms that will bring it up to date with the goals of the National Broadband Plan. Read More »

Your Home, More Connected Than Ever

If the latest Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas is any indication, the future holds a whole new generation of web-enabled products that extends well past laptops and smartphones. This new generation of technology will increase energy efficiency and build a more sustainable economy, but requires high-speed Internet connections to reap the full advantages. Read More »

Broadband & Social Justice Policy Summit to Address the Digital Divide

The Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC) -- a Speed Matters partner -- will be hosting its second annual Broadband and Social Justice Policy Summit on January 20th and 21st in Washington, DC. The summit will convene leaders, researchers, and policy makers in the fields of broadband policy and adoption, telecommunications, and social justice around the theme of "Bridging the Digital Divide." Read More »

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