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House Telecom Subcommittee Votes to Overturn FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules

On March 9, the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology passed a resolution to repeal the FCC's Open Internet rules. Introduced by Republican Subcommittee Chair Greg Walden, the vote on H.J. Res 37 went along party lines — with Democrats holding strong in their defense of the FCC's policy. Using a procedure under the Congressional Review Act, the subcommittee passed the resolution by a vote of 15-8, disapproving of the FCC's Open Internet rules. Read More »

Health Information Technology Improves Medical Care

Recent research shows that electronic medical records and broadband-enabled medical care improve the quality and efficiency of health care. A recent literature review conducted by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) found that 92 percent of academic articles written between July 2007 and February 2010 documented the positive impact of health IT. Read More »

AAPD Hosting Policy Forum on Telerehabilitation

The American Association of People with Disabilities, a Speed Matters partner, is hosting a forum on the intersection of broadband and rehabilitation on April 1 in Washington DC. Read More »

FCC Proposes Rules to Expand Access for the Disabled

In a bid to make future technologies more accessible to individuals with disabilities the FCC has proposed new rules that would implement additional elements of the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010. Read More »

FCC Seeks Comment on Reform of its Low-Income Program

The Federal Communications Commission took the first step towards modernizing the low-income Universal Service support programs known as Lifeline and Link Up. The FCC released a 137 page Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comments on its reform proposals. Read More »

MMTC: Status of Civil Rights at FCC is Getting Worse

The Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC), a Speed Matters partner, released a statement along with a coalition of like-minded organizations, that calls for the FCC to improve minority entrepreneurship and equal employment issues. The FCC took a step in the right direction by recognizing the barriers that exist in a March 1 report, "Identifying and Eliminating Market Entry Barriers for Entrepreneurs and Other Small Businesses." Read More »

Why the Unconnected are Second-Class Digital Citizens

It is no secret that the recession has hit our nation hard, particularly in low-income and minority communities. Naturally, many government institutions and private organizations have turned to broadband to help them cut costs by streamlining various processes and keeping productivity levels high. In general, this is a productive use of a transformative technology and embracing it to improve efficiency is certainly the right thing for these organizations to do. Read More »

Democrats Delay Net Neutrality Reversal

An appeal by Reps. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) for a legislative hearing on the subject of net neutrality has delayed a legislative measure that would overturn the FCC's Internet regulations. Read More »

Craig Settles: USF Reform Needs to Come from Within Communities

The Universal Service Fund demands reform. While the subsidy model for low-income households works for telephone service, a recent article by Craig Settles of GigaOm proposes an interesting new model for broadband using a community-based approach. Read More »

Americans with Chronic Ailments Going Online for Support

For Americans with chronic health issues, including high blood pressure, diabetes, heart and lung conditions, and cancer, the Internet has become a lifeline to communities of support. Read More »

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