The Federal Communications Commission’s national broadband plan seeks to promote telemedicine, but the national health care bill recently-passed by Congress fails to include support for it. However, last week Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) signed SB 675, a health insurance bill that mandates coverage for telemedicine services.
WASHINGTON, January 13, 2010 – The Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration on Tuesday announced that it has awarded grants to fund broadband mapping and planning activities in Connecticut, Hawaii, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Texas under NTIA’s State Broadband Data and Development Grant Program.
With the grants, the NTIA has awarded 51 of the 56 applications: one for every state, plus the district of Columbia and five territories. The NTIA has spent approximately $97 million on the applications, the agency said.
WASHINGTON, October 7 – Congress last week passed legislation, the “Broadband Data Improvement Act,” that seeks better information about high-speed internet connections but cuts all authorization of funds – an amount that had totaled $40 million for each of fiscal years 2008 through 2012 in the Senate Commerce Committee version of the legislation.
WASHINGTON, September 22 – BroadbandCensus.com unveiled a new web site — BroadbandCensus.com/conference — for the “Broadband Census for America” Conference on Friday, September 26, 2008.
Additionally, as part of its participation in One Web Day, BroadbandCensus.com published a ready resource of state-by-state articles about broadband deployment and broadband data, in about one-third of the 50 United States.
WASHINGTON, August 19 – BroadbandCensus.com is pleased to support One Web Day on September 22, 2008. We join with One Web Day in helping you learn about your internet options and take the broadband census. Doing so will allow all of us to better understand the true state of broadband competition in our communities, our states, our country and our world.
August 9 – In an attempt to increase speeds, lower prices and enhance consumer choices, the Hawaii legislature last year created a Hawaiian Broadband Task Force to study problems associated with high-speed internet access.
August 9 – According to the Federal Communications Commission’s semi-annual report that was released in March 2008, about 76 percent of Hawaii’s ZIP codes have five to nine high-speed Internet providers as of June 30, 2007.