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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 »

National Urban League & National Action Network Issue Major Endorsement of AT&T/T-Mobile Merger

Two of the country's leading civil rights organizations, the National Urban League and Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network, jointly endorsed the proposed merger of AT&T and T-Mobile USA. Read More »

Congress Introduces $1 Billion Digital Literacy Legislation

The Achievement Through Technology and Innovation Act (ATTAIN Act) was recently introduced in the U.S. Senate in order to improve digital literacy among children and teachers. Read More »

Rep. Matsui Introduces Universal Service Fund Reform Bill

Representative Doris Matsui (D-CA) has re-introduced her bill that would require the FCC to fund pilot programs providing subsidies to low-income households to purchase broadband service, supported by the Universal Service Fund. Read More »

COAT Adds Its Support For AT&T/T-Mobile Merger

The Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology (COAT) spoke out in favor of the AT&T/T-Mobile merger, noting that it fully expects the new entity to continue AT&T's commitment to products and services for people with disabilities and to expand those programs to T-Mobile's customers after the merger. Read More »

White House Rural Council to Address Digital Divide

A new White House program seeks to increase opportunities in rural communities across America. The White House Rural Council, formally announced earlier this month, will address the challenges facing rural businesses, organizations, and families. Read More »

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