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In Lead-up to July’s FCC Meeting, Agency Laid Groundwork for Supportive Vote on E-Rate Changes

WASHINGTON, July 15, 2014 – In a phone conference on July 1, in the lead-up to last week’s open meeting of the Federal Communications Commission, agency officials discussed Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposal to modify the E-rate program. The agency seeks to spend more funds on Wi-Fi gap connectivity within schools around the country and maximize the… Keep Reading

Congresswoman Diane Watson to Speak at Broadband Breakfast Club on Dec. 8

WASHINGTON, December 7, 2009 - Congresswoman Diane E. Watson has confirmed that she will appear at the Broadband Breakfast Club on Tuesday, December 8, on the subject of "Setting the Table for the National Broadband Plan: Bridging the Digital Divide." Rep. Watson, D-Calif., will offer introductory remarks on an exciting program set to explore one of the most crucial issues of broadband policy: how to ensure universal internet access to all citizens. Keep Reading

Top FCC Official on Broadband Adoption is New Addition to December 8 Broadband Breakfast Club

WASHINGTON, December 2, 2009 - The director of the Federal Communication Commission's task force dealing with broadband adoption and usage will give the keynote remarks at the Broadband Breakfast Club on Tuesday, December 8, 2009. Registration for the program, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., is available here. Brian David, who is the Adoption and Usage Director for the FCC's Omnibus Broadband Initiative, will offer remarks kicking off December's discussion, which is "Setting the Table for the National Broadband Plan: Bridging the Digital Divide." With so much activity happening in the past 24 hours on the broadband adoption front - the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's new grant to the American Library Association, and the NCTA's "Adoption Plus" program - there's never been a better time to discuss the subject. Keep Reading

Broadband Data/Recovery Act

Gates Foundation Looks To Expand Upon Prior Grant to Libraries Offering Broadband

WASHINGTON, December 1, 2009 - The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation said Tuesday it will provide close to $3.4 million in grants to improve Internet connections for libraries in five states. The foundation is also partnering with 14 other states to assist efforts by libraries to secure some of the $7.2 billion in federal stimulus funds allotted by Congress in January to expand broadband deployment and adoption. Keep Reading

Recovery Act

Industry, State, Nonprofit Groups Urge Changes to Broadband Stimulus Programs

WASHINGTON, November 30, 2009 - A number of groups took the opportunity Monday to weigh in on the government’s efforts to distribute the $7.2 billion allotted by Congress in January to expand broadband deployment and adoption. “Many of our nation’s most experienced broadband providers were forced to sit on the sidelines during the first round of funding,” said U.S. Telecom Association President Walter McCormick Jr., in a Monday statement. Keep Reading

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