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Examining global examples for a national broadband plan

A few weeks ago, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) held a workshop in which policy leaders recommended and discussed goals and benchmarks for the national broadband plan. The benchmarks fall into three categories: availability, quality, and cost. Read More »

U.S. Broadband Coalition delivers report to FCC

The U.S. Broadband Coalition has released its initial report on the upcoming national broadband strategy. The report synthesizes the views of the coalition's 160-plus member-organizations. The U.S. Broadband Coalition intends that the report will serve as a building block for the National Broadband Task Force - which will be delivering a national broadband policy to Congress in early 2010. Read More »

Applicants seeking broadband funds searchable by technology

Fierce Broadband Wireless analyzed the list of applicants seeking broadband stimulus funds, allowing users to search applicants by technological category. Many of the applications are for companies operating in underserved areas, from rural Alabama to urban Los Angeles. Read More »

Proposed sale of 4.8 million Verizon lines to Frontier will harm consumers in rural America

The Communications of America raised strong concerns about the proposed sale of 4.8 million landlines in 14 states by Verizon Communications to Frontier Communications, in a filing to the Federal Communications Commission. The deal as currently structured will cause substantial harm to consumers and communities, will be a step backward in terms of high speed broadband buildout and is contrary to the public interest. Read More »

U.S. telecom policy should promote open Internet and private sector investment

CWA supports the initiative announced today by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski to develop rules to protect an open Internet. At the same time, we look to the FCC to move forward in setting rules and policies that will encourage investment, ensure reasonable network management, safeguard transparency, promote media diversity and lead to the growth of good jobs in the telecommunications industry. Read More »

FCC site introduces new ways to connect, the official site of the FCC’s National Broadband Plan, has introduced new online tools to interact with the agency. Using the IdeaScale crowdsourcing platform, anyone with an idea or suggestion can share it with the agency. Read More »

Colorado joins several other states in the quest to shrink the digital divide

Colorado launched a website to gather public input to measure and map the penetration saturation of high-speed Internet throughout the state. The state government and the non-profit organization and Speed Matters partner, Connected Nation, collaborated to develop the website - Read More »

All fifty states apply for broadband grant program

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) received applications from 50 states, 5 territories and the District of Columbia for the State Broadband Data and Development Grant Program. Read More »

Budget cuts and job seekers strain public library resources

Public libraries are packed with job seekers waiting to use the Internet to search for job postings, update resumes, and fill out online forms. According to the American Library Association, seven out of ten libraries say they are the only public source of Internet access in their community - and job searching without the Internet is becoming increasingly difficult Read More »

Ohio makes strides in closing the digital divide

Both public and private entities are successfully bringing broadband services to previously unserved or underserved residents in Ohio and the Appalachia area. Recently, a partnership between the state of Ohio and AT&T brought broadband access to several southern Ohio communities. Read More »

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