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“[W]e have to understand where communications fell short, where recovery took too long, and what changes can be made to make our networks more resilient before the next unthinkable event occurs,” said FCC Acting Chair Jessica Rosenworcel.
“As the state moves forward with its aggressive and laudable plans to ensure all Californians have access and the means to use broadband and wireless services, we must also collaboratively discuss the quality of those services,” said Amy Yip-Kikugawa, Acting Director of the Public Advocates Office.
“The company would prefer to work with all contractors,” said Frontier technician Tom Gardella to the LA Times. “[But] the contractors aren’t as invested as the employees. We’re in it for the quality because we’re in this for the long term. They’re in it for the piece-work.”
Virginians have a new old friend working to bring high speed internet access to every resident. Former Gov. Mark Warner--who was a telecom executive before entering politics--is leading a panel for current Gov. Tim Kaine to come up with a plan for universal high speed internet in Virginia.
The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) just released a terrific paper laying out a comprehensive argument for universal high speed internet access. "The Case for a National Broadband Policy," by Robert D. Atkinson, lays out a series of specific reasons that our government should do more to promote expansion of high speed internet access to all Americans.
As the importance of high speed internet becomes more and more evident, people have begun asking the next logical question: Just how fast should our connections be?
A new study released by the Minnesota Center for Rural Policy and Development examines the use of high speed internet by residents in both rural and urban areas. Not surprisingly, the study found that high speed those living in metro areas are much more likely to have high speed connections--57 percent compared to 39.4 percent of households in rural areas.
High speed internet holds a lot of promise for improving the lives of the deaf and hard of hearing. Videophone service allows them to converse without relying on traditional methods like teletypewriters and texting services that are slow and awkward.
It's not just consumers and workers who are concerned about FairPoint's financial status. Now, Morgan Stanley has issued a report warning of a looming financial crisis for FairPoint.
Congress has been busy working on a variety of high speed internet proposals lately. Yet another effort--led by Senators Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Ken Salazar (D-CO)--seeks to overhaul a federal loan program that helps rural communities.
Residents of Ohio are clamoring for universal high speed internet access in their state. Fortunately, they've got a Congressman who's listening. U.S. Rep. Zack Space (D-Dover) is one of Congress's most vocal advocates for advanced technology, and he's leading the effort to bring high speed internet to his state's rural communities.