Important Resources for Broadband and Planning

Broadband Data September 16th, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., September 16, 2014 – Below are several links of interest to professionals involved in broadband planning: PLANNING RESOURCES “Partnership for a Connected Illinois and Internet Expansion in Illinois 1996 to 2011,” By Drew Clark and Layton Olson, Spring 2012, American Planning Association, Spring 2012, or APA Resource Page “Broadband Infrastructure: Should Local Government […]

Announcement and Support of Government Could Lead to First State-Wide Gigabit Network in Connecticut

Broadband's Impact, FCC, Fiber, Gigabit Networks September 16th, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn., September 16, 2014 – Connecticut state and city leaders on Monday announced a nationally-praised effort to build the first all-state Gigabit Network. The mayors of the state’s second- and fourth-largest cities, New Haven and Stamford, joined with state legislative leaders, the state’s Comptroller, and others to seek to create an “open access” fiber-optic […]

Expert Opinion: Telehealth Provides Antidote for ‘Help Wanted’ in Rural America

Expert Opinion, Health September 15th, 2014 by Tim Koxlien

Rural Americans are sicker, poorer and more likely to be uninsured than their urban counterparts. Vital human capital links in our nation’s information and healthcare supply chain are missing in rural America, and we need more skilled health care professionals in those communities. Telehealth capabilities offer an antidote to the rural health care conundrum by […]

Broadband Roundup: California Public Utilities Commission Delays Title II Regulation

Broadband Roundup, Broadband's Impact, Net Neutrality, Privacy September 15th, 2014

WASHINGTON, September 15, 2014 – Set to pass a proposal enduring public utility regulation of broadband providers under Title II of the Communications Act, the California Public Utilities Commission instead put the proposal on hold, reported Multichannel News. The proposal endorsing Title II regulation was believed to have passed on a 3-2 vote on September […]

How Internet Companies Are Driving a Public Utility Regulation Approach to Net Neutrality

FCC, Net Neutrality September 12th, 2014

WASHINGTON, September 12, 2014 – In what would have seemed highly unlikely just a few months ago, growing support for public utility regulation is emerging. Tech companies, politicians, internet service providers, and component makers have started to outline their views regarding their policy approach to the issue of net neutrality. In order to understand the […]

New Haven, West Hartford and Stamford to Announce Gigabit Network Initiative in Connecticut on Monday

Gigabit Networks September 12th, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn., September 12, 2014 – A major initiative to bring Gigabit Networks throughout Connecticut is scheduled to be announced here on Monday by mayors or deputy mayors of New Haven, West Hartford, Stamford, along with state legislative and executive branch leaders. The broadband infrastructure initiative will be announced at 2 p.m. on Monday. Blair […]

Senate Announces Hearings on Open Internet, While House Democratcs Urge FCC to Regulate Broadband, and Popular Web Sites Protest ‘Slow Lanes’

Net Neutrality September 10th, 2014

WASHINGTON, September 10, 2014 – The Senate Judiciary Committee announced that it had scheduled a hearing next Wednesday on the best means to protect an open internet. Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said he saw the hearing as an opportunity to hear testimony about his views regarding importance of a free and open internet. Leahy and Rep. […]

Battle For The Net

Broadband's Impact September 8th, 2014

Source: www.battleforthenet.com This could be an interesting development…. We will be watching to see if this advocacy effort gains traction. See on Scoop.it – BroadbandPolicy

Washington Responds to FCC’s Wheeler on Broadband Competition | Benton Foundation

Broadband's Impact September 7th, 2014

CourFederal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler said that broadband users need Internet connections of at least 25 megabits per second — far beyond what DSL connections are capable of providing. He also confirmed that users have few if any competitive options for these kinds of modern broadband services. Here’s some of the reaction. Source: benton.org […]

Broadband Conference in Western Massachusetts Aims to Highlight Internet’s Role in Economic Development

Broadband's Impact September 5th, 2014

September 5, 2014 – Broadband Communities Magazine is hosting its third annual conference on the role that broadband plays in economic development from Tues., Sept. 16 through Thurs., Sept. 18 in Springfield, Massachusetts. The conference builds on successful prior event held in Danville, Virginia, in fall 2012; and in Tinley Park, Illinois, just outside of Chicago, […]

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