Rep. Terry: Universal Broadband Offers Potential for Businesses and Residents
Broadband Data, Broadband Plan Commentary, Broadband's Impact, Expert Opinion, National Broadband Plan
March 10th, 2010
Representing a congressional district that includes Omaha, Nebraska, Republican Rep. Lee Terry knows first hand the benefits of advanced telecommunications. Omaha is home to four Fortune 500 companies and as highlighted in Stephen Colbert’s “Better Know a District,” Omaha is the teleservices capital of the country. Omaha is the teleservices capital not because Omahans lack of a notable accent as Colbert notes, but rather because Omaha has benefited from a very robust telecommunications network. In fact, Omaha has consistently maintained its place at the forefront of new telecommunications technologies. In the early 1980’s, Omaha was one of the first cities in the U.S. to develop a fiber optic cable network. By 1992, multiple carrier fiber optic networks provided service to the Omaha metro area, giving rise to a proliferation of teleservices operations in Omaha.
Commerce Department Awards 10 More Broadband Mapping Grants; Total Funding is $97 Million
Broadband Data, Broadband Stimulus
January 13th, 2010
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.
Universal Service Fund Should Focus on the Low-Income, Agree Broadband Experts
Broadband's Impact, Universal Service
July 21st, 2009
WASHINGTON, July 21, 2009 – A panel of broadband experts agreed Monday that the Universal Service Fund should direct more of its funding to low-income areas and away from exclusively focusing on rural high-cost areas, where funds are not being spent efficiently.
Colorado Innovation Council Seeks to Make Good on State's Promise of Better Broadband
August 28th, 2008
August 28 – The state of Colorado likes to see itself as an emerging technology hub. But the dark cloud hanging over the future of Colorado’s technological progress may be its low ranking in broadband availability throughout parts of the heavily rural state.