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Senate Stimulus Passes with $7 billion broadband investment plan

Today the Senate passed its version of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan, including $7 billion in broadband investment. While this represents a $2 billion cut for broadband from the original Senate proposal, it is still more generous than the $6 billion in the bill passed by the House of Representatives last month. Read More »

Stimulus Broadband Package Looks To Help Libraries Across The U.S.

Another crucial beneficiary of the proposed stimulus bill's broadband provisions: libraries. Read More »

Connect Minnesota Releases First Accurate Mapping of State’s Broadband Access

Last week, Minnesota took a step in the right direction towards achieving universal broadband access. Read More »

Hawaii planning for statewide broadband by 2012

The Hawaii Broadband Task Force is proposing the creation of a Hawaii Communications Commission that would serve both as a regulatory agency and as an advocate for consumers and industry development. Read More »

Alliance for Digital Equality hosts Chicago Digital Empowerment Council

The Alliance for Digital Equality launches its Chicago-based initiative on February 4 with a forum on the impact of affordable broadband deployment on the Chicago region. Read More »

Connect Appalachia to extend broadband to underserved communities

This past Tuesday, Congressman Zach Space (OH-18) introduced the Connecting Appalachia Broadband Plan, which will bring broadband technology to a wide range of underserved communities. Read More »

Cisco’s CEO calls for increased broadband deployment

Along with many elected officials, America's CEOs are speaking out in favor of widespread broadband access, as the driving engine of the 21st Century economy. Read More »

Tennessee’s telemedicine project to be expanded

Thanks to a $1.8 million grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee Health Foundation, an existing telemedicine network will be expanded to 11 rural sites throughout the state to benefit pregnant women. Read More »

Broadband stimulus debate shifts to Senate

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted in favor of the $9 billion Broadband Technologies Opportunity Program last Tuesday, moving it closer to inclusion in the economic stimulus package. On the same day, the Senate Finance Committee approved broadband tax incentives.  The Senate broadband provisions closely track CWA's Speed Matters recommendations to create jobs and improve global competitiveness through broadband investment. Read More »

Obama inaugural address calls for building “digital lines”

With the whole nation watching on Tuesday, President Obama took his historic inaugural address as an opportunity to renew his promise to lead America into the digital age. He noted the importance of strengthening our IT infrastructure in stimulating the economy both now and in the future: Read More »

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