Broadband Lifeline and Connect2Compete Mark A New ‘Broadband Moment’ Around Adoption and Usage
Broadband and Democratization, Broadband's Impact, National Broadband Plan, Rural Utilities Service, States
July 12th, 2012
July 12, 2012 – If 2008 marked the dawn of our national “broadband moment,” this summer and fall may well be the beginning of a new era of broadband adoption and usage.
A major national initiative, dubbed “Connect2Compete,” is just beginning to find its footing. In a webinar two weeks ago, this collaboration of corporate, philanthropic and community leaders delineated their mission, goals and timetables. It is to use the “power of the internet to improve the lives of low income Americans and their ability to thrive in the global economy.”
Additional, the Federal Communications Commission is in the midst of launching an exciting Broadband Lifeline pilot program. This $25 million pilot program could help pave the way for a Universal Broadband Fund. Such a fund could do for internet connectivity what the Universal Service Fund, in an earlier era, did for making the telephone an anchor of American life. [...]
Connecting America, Chapter 4: ‘Broadband Competition and Innovation Policy’
Copyright, FCC, Official Broadband Plan Document, Privacy, Transparency, Universal Service, Wireless
April 2nd, 2010
Twenty-five years ago, the World Wide Web did not exist. Very few Americans had even seen a mobile phone, and broadband networks were available only to a few businesses and research institutions.
Today, innovations such as broadband and others like it drive the creation of a wide variety of products and services. The competitive forces that sparked these breakthroughs need to be nurtured so that the United States can continue to reap the benefits of its unrivaled culture of innovation.
Official: Developing Countries Want National Broadband Insight
FCC Workshops, National Broadband Plan
December 10th, 2009
WASHINGTON, December 10, 2009 – Developing countries frequently ask the World Bank for advice on how to roll out a national broadband strategy, said a speaker Thursday at a Federal Communications Commission workshop on the benefits of global broadband connectivity.
NTIA's Lawrence Strickling Describes Role of BTOP in Broadband Plan, Innovation Strategy
Broadband Stimulus, Broadband's Impact, NTIA, Premium Content
October 26th, 2009
NEW YORK, October 26, 2009 – NTIA Administrator Lawrence Strickling, speaking at a telecommunications conference here on Friday, said that a national broadband plan is key to the innovation strategy of the Obama administration, along with expanding research and development, increasing education and providing a strong technological ecosystem. With regard to the Broadband Technologies Opportunity Program funding program, he said that not every good project would be funded, as there simply are not enough funds. At the same time, he said he wanted to make sure that the agency did not fund any bad projects.
Hawaii Broadband Task Force Aims to Tackle Problems of Speed, Competition
August 11th, 2008
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.
Europe and Asia are 'Cleaning Our Clock' on Broadband, Says Report Author
July 11th, 2008
WASHINGTON, July 10 – The lack of a cohesive national broadband policy in the United States is hampering the nation’s ability to deploy high-speed broadband, attorney James Baller said Thursday at the Alliance for Community Media conference here.