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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 »

Why Connecting the Unconnected to Broadband Helps Everyone on the Network

Logic tells us that the more people who are connected to a network, the more benefits each individual user has. And it's true. This is yet another reason why there is a duty to connect everyone in the nation. Read More »

Connect Ohio Launches Every Citizen Online Program

One of the biggest gaps to broadband adoption is Internet literacy. For disenfranchised populations, it may be difficult to make the leap to online education, financial transactions, or career growth without basic online skills. That’s why Connect Ohio is bringing adoption programs to centers around the state. Read More »

Sierra Club Chairman, Carl Pope: Speed Matters

This isn't a post about the United States Senate. It's about America's failure to keep up with the rest of the world in creating a high-speed broadband infrastructure. Working with the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the NAACP, the Sierra Club has been trying to encourage American communities to catch up. Read More »

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