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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.”
The Fiber to the Home Council, an industry association advocating for accelerated deployment of Fiber to the Home technology, has put together a compelling five-minute video that talks about the challenges of the ever-expanding Internet.
Speed Matters blogger Laura Unger notes that North Carolina is taking a step in the right direction with its school broadband connectivity initiative. She also thinks that to have a program that focuses on the schools and does not address the lack of access to the home is faulty. "It is like buying great textbooks for every student and then not allowing them to take them home to study use for their homework; it's like have a great teacher but making the kids leave their notes in school."
You might expect that in the heart of the Silicon Valley high speed internet would be a given, but that is not necessarily the case. Speed Matters blogger Roger Osburne recently heard from CWA member Yonah Diamond. The Good News is he got great speed of 15 mb. The Bad News is he was sitting in a conference room at an AT&T Data Center and not at home.
The American Library Association has been researching the need for improved Internet infrastructure and speed. They've written about the Speed Matters campaign on their blog, and they're encouraging readers to use our free speed test at their local library.
High speed internet is still a burgeoning concept to some residents in upstate New York. As is the case in numerous rural counties across the country, access to fast internet services is not guaranteed, forcing residents to get creative with their connections.
Last month, Senator Dick Durbin, D-IL, hosted a Regional Broadband Summit in Central Illinois to discuss the importance of universal internet access in his state. He announced that soon he will introduce legislation in the U.S. Senate to spur a national effort to provide high speed internet access to underserved areas.
In the 2006 mid-term election cycle, the internet played a unique role in determining who would control the 110th Congress. Politics and the internet are a happy couple for those who have access to the technology.
At the Freedom to Connect technology conference FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein took the Bush administration to task for its lack of action to expand high speed internet access. The digital divide in the United States is not shrinking, as countries around the global are expanding their own high speed internet networks.