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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 »

Widespread Internet Access a Human Right, U.N. Declares

In a remarkable and unprecedented move, the United Nations proclaimed that Internet access is a universal human right and that societies should ensure all citizens have access to high-speed Internet connections. Read More »

Broadband Deployment Fueling Economic Growth Worldwide

Investment in broadband positively drives economic development worldwide, according to a new report by the Broadband Commission for Digital Development. The report reviews nearly a hundred research reports and case studies on the economic effect of broadband Internet access, and concludes that the outcomes are overwhelmingly positive. Read More »

The FCC Needs to Protect Universal Service

Reforms to the Universal Service Fund, a service that helps connect rural communities, should be strengthened and expanded to encompass broadband connectivity. According to a column by former U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan on The Hill's Congress Blog, the USF faces new funding pressures that could weaken its reach across the digital divide. Read More »

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