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Cisco Executive Sees Big Progress in African Broadband Adoption

WASHINGTON, June 24, 2010 – Broadband adoption in Africa has historically lagged when ranked globally, but its use has been growing steadily in recent years, said Yvon Le Roux, Cisco vice president for Africa and Levant. In an interview conducted by Cisco’s internal news bureau, Le Roux said there’s recently been a significant growth in mobile broadband in Africa. Keep Reading

Connected Nation Helps State Mapping Efforts

WASHINGTON, June 22, 2010 - As a part of an effort to make a comprehensive, national map, states are mapping broadband coverage and options available in their states. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act requires the National Telecommunications and Information Association to have the national map of broadband coverage publicly available by February 2011. This initiative has spurred billions of grant dollars to organizations mapping their states Keep Reading

Broadband Issues Echo Electrification Debate of Decades Ago

WASHINGTON, June 15, 2010 – Today’s broadband expansion throughout the United States faces similar challenges to wiring the nation with electricity decades ago, and the nation’s businesses, consumers and government must work together to tap into the resources that high-speed internet access offers, said one of the nation's top expert on rural broadband at a BroadbandBreakfast.com panel discussion. Keep Reading

Community Broadband Providers Face Unique Challenges

WASHINGTON, June 11, 2010 – Community broadband providers face unique challenges, said a group of experts Thursday at an event hosted by the New America Foundation. Broadband is a local issue and members of the communications community shouldn’t lose sight of that, said author Craig Settles, who is also president of Successful.com and co-director of Communities United for Broadband, in a speech just prior to the panel discussion. Keep Reading

Forbearance and Reclassification – It’s Like Peanut Butter and Jelly

WASHINGTON, June 8, 2010 – FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn spoke at the Media Institute last week on the issue of broadband authority and regulation. She devoted the majority of her remarks to debunking the concerns of critics who oppose the FCC’s recent proposal to reclassify broadband Internet services under section II of the 1996 Telecommunications Act. Keep Reading

FCC Accepting Applications for Native Nations Broadband Task Force

WASHINGTON, June 7, 2010 - The Federal Communications Commission has announced that it is accepting applications for membership in its newly-established Native Nations Broadband Task Force. The task force will create a forum in which Native American governments can voice their opinions and concerns as the FCC attempts to expand broadband access to tribal lands. Keep Reading

Experts Debate Lack of Transparency in Federal Spectrum Policy

WASHINGTON, June 7, 2010 – Experts gathered last week to discuss problems surrounding transparency in federal spectrum policy and the challenges in addressing the issue. A recurring point of contention was the question of how to raise governmental consciousness of the price of spectrum, so as to prevent overuse by the government at the expense of the private sector. Keep Reading

Broadband May Meet Its Match During World Cup

LONDON, June 7, 2010 - Several factors are conspiring to make the 2010 football World Cup a testing time for Europe’s fixed and mobile broadband networks. The soccer tournament kicks off June 11 in South Africa. Europe has six of the world’s top eight footballing nations competing, and fanatical populations are desperate to keep up from office computers, mobile devices, home televisions or at a public venue for large-screen viewing. Keep Reading

Europe Looks for Economic Growth Through Its Digital Agenda

WASHINGTON, June 3, 2010 - One half of European productivity growth over the last 15 years can easily be attributed to information and communications technology, according to the European Commission. The commission is hoping to continue this trend by unveiling last month the Digital Agenda for Europe - a plan outlining ways for the European Union to embrace technologies contributing to its economic growth and spread its benefits throughout European society. Keep Reading

Genachowski Extols Broadband at International Telecommunications Union

WASHINGTON, May 27, 2010 - Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski spoke about the United States’ broadband development and challenges regarding education at the World Telecommunications Development Conference in Hyderabad, India. He addressed the International Telecommunications Union in a roundtable discussion about the launch of the “Connect a School, Connect a Community” incentive. Keep Reading

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