Taking the Bully Pulpit at Technology Trade Show, Bill Clinton Touts Broadband and Cell Phones
Broadband's Impact, CES2013, International, Mobile Broadband, Universal Service
January 11th, 2013
LAS VEGAS, January 11, 2013 – Taking the stage here at the Consumer Electronics Show, former President Bill Clinton returned to a theme that he pioneered in the Oval Office: technology has the power to accelerate economic development and improve people’s lives. Whether through high-bandwidth capabilities of fiber-optic wires, or through putting cell phones into […]
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.
Connecting America, Chapter 2: ‘Goals for a High-Performance America’
FCC, Official Broadband Plan Document, Smart Grid, Universal Service, Wireless
March 26th, 2010
THE MISSION OF THE PLAN is to create a high-performance America—a more productive, creative, efficient America in which affordable broadband is available everywhere and everyone has the means and skills to use valuable broadband applications.
National Broadband Plan: A Look at Chapters 1 & 2
Broadband's Impact, National Broadband Plan, Smart Grid, Universal Service, Wireless
March 26th, 2010
WASHINGTON, March 26, 2010 – The national broadband plan aims to present not just a roadmap of how to expand broadband but also to provide a long-term vision of innovation. While the first chapter of the plan explains its overarching goals and congressional mandate, the plan is really outlined in the second chapter. The plan has six goals that the Federal Communications Commission plans to achieve through four general recommendations.
ITIF Urges Government Involvement to Speed Mobile Payments in U.S.
National Broadband Plan, Wireless
November 19th, 2009
WASHINGTON, November 19, 2009 – Experts at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation said Tuesday they are hopeful that mobile payment can catch on in the United States, but admitted that responsibility will fall to governments to provide the catalyst. “The market cannot do this on its own either in the short term or in the long-term,” said ITIF President Rob Atkinson.
One Aspect of U.S. Lagging Broadband Speeds May Be Device-Network Compatibility, Say Panelists
FCC Workshops, National Broadband Plan
September 8th, 2009
WASHINGTON, August 27, 2009 – Experts speaking at the Federal Communications Commission’s August 27 broadband workshop on technology applications puzzled over the reasons for the United States’ lagging internet speed vis-à-vis other global competitors.
Boucher Wants Cable To Play The NTIA/RUS Grant Game
April 3rd, 2009
WASHINGTON, April 3, 2009 – The NTIA/RUS broadband grant program is “a landmark opportunity” for the cable industry, House Energy and Commerce Communications Subcommittee chairman Rick Boucher, D-Va., said Thursday during a speech at the National Cable and Telecommunications Association’s annual convention here.
Broadband Stimulus Funds Bring Debate Over Distribution; Package Moves to Vote
February 7th, 2009
WASHINGTON, February 7, 2009 – Funding for broadband deployment makes up approximately one percent of President Obama’s approximately $820 billion economic stimulus package. But a hearty debate has unfolded over how, where, and to whom those funds should be distributed.
CWA Publishes State-by-State Download Speeds. How About Carrier-by-Carrier Speeds?
August 15th, 2008
August 15 – The Communications Workers of America’s Speed Matters blog this week published its state-by-state report on download speeds in the United States. According to the report, the median download speed for the nation was 2.3 Megabits per second, and the report provides state-by-state totals.