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White House Builds Support for Spectrum Auction

A panel event hosted by the White House on April 6 highlighted support for legislation allowing the FCC to compensate broadcasters for returned spectrum. Voluntary spectrum auctions are a market-friendly solution to free up spectrum for public safety and wireless broadband. Read More »

Telehealth Saves Money and Paves the Way for Innovation

The health industry's gradual shift toward telehealth technology is helping connect health professionals with patients around the country, elevating the quality of care to a new level. Global health leaders see telehealth as the best hope for bringing about a more collaborative and cost-efficient health environment, according to a recent CISCO and Princeton Survey Research Associates International survey. Read More »

D.C. Court of Appeals Dismisses Net Neutrality Challenge, For Now

A challenge to the FCC's net neutrality regulations by two telecommunications companies has been thrown out of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia as premature. Read More »

AT&T/T-Mobile Merger Receives Broad Organizational Support

The recently announced merger of AT&T and T-Mobile has received the support of dozens of organizations from across the country. Statements from technology, labor, and minority groups emphasize the boost to broadband, diversified workforce, and digital inclusion that would come with the larger telecommunications entity. Read More »

A Good Merger for a Change

AT&T's proposed $39 billion acquisition of its smaller cell-phone rival T-Mobile has been widely criticized as anti-competitive and bad for consumers. Normally, I would be joining in such a chorus, but this is a special case. Read More »

NCLR, BBOC, and One Economy Closing the Digital Divide in Hispanic Communities

The National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the Broadband Opportunity Coalition (BBOC) & Speed Matters' partner One Economy are working together to close the 14-percentage point gap in home broadband adoption between White and Hispanic households. Read More »

House Introduces Legislation Promoting D-Block Allocation

Rep. Peter King (R-NY), chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, introduced a bill last week to allocate 10MHz of airwaves to public safety. The re-allocated band of spectrum, known as the D-block, would be an essential tool for first responders who face heightened spectrum demand during emergency situations. Read More »

Personal Health Record Adoption Faces Digital Divide

Personal Health Records (PHR) have been on the rise in the United States as a means of easily accessing and coordinating health information. Growing in popularity, such records are part of a broader health IT movement that simplifies health care for patients and care providers alike. Read More »

The Joint Center Explores the Impact of the National Broadband Plan on the Underserved

On March 2nd, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies hosted a forum that assessed whether the Federal Communications Commission's National Broadband Plan is being implemented in a timely manner and whether it is positively impacting underserved populations. Attendees included Blair Levin, the "architect" of the Plan, along with Ed Lazarus, Chief of Staff to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, and several other policy experts. Read More »

Schools and Libraries Connecting the Unconnected

About 100 million Americans do not have broadband access at home. Numerous surveys tell us why: lower-income people can't afford computers and Internet access, many people don't know how to use the technology, others don't see the value of the Internet, and about 12-24 million Americans still don't have access to broadband networks. Read More »

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