Arkansas

A new report on the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) highlights successes in Arkansas and California.
Telecom Windstream is using a recent and little-known IRS ruling to shelter its infrastructure in a real estate investment trust, avoiding hundreds of millions in taxes.
With millions of rural residents depending on wireless-only, the AT&T/T-Mobile merger offers the best chance for 4G LTE broadband.
On Wednesday, December 15, the Communications Workers of America and the Speed Matters campaign released the 2010 Report on Internet Speeds in all 50 States.
Senate Communications Subcommittee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) announced that a piece of legislation guaranteeing broadband Internet access for disabled Americans will hopefully become law in 2010.
Speed Matters' partner One Economy was awarded $28.5 million in grant money to expand high-speed Internet in underserved communities in the latest round of NITA's Broadband Opportunity funding.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced $3.4 million in grants to improve Internet connections of public libraries in Kansas, Arkansas, New York, Virginia, and Massachusetts. Through the Opportunity Online program, the Foundation will partner with fourteen additional states to help libraries compete for broadband stimulus funds.
As in the civilian world, the military is using broadband to improve access to and the quality of education and healthcare. During remarks at Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Arkansas, FCC Chairman Julian Genachowski discussed the ways that servicemen and women are benefiting from broadband and how that applies to the upcoming National Broadband Plan.
Speed Matters released the third annual report on Internet Speeds in America - and U.S. connection speeds have not improved significantly in the past year. The results of the report are based on the last-mile connection speed of over 413,000 Internet users who took the online test between May 2008 and May 2009. The data also confirms that where a customer lives is a good indicator of Internet connection speed. With some exceptions, if you live in a Northeastern or Mid-Atlantic state, you are likely to have good high-speed Internet options.
At a recent Arkansas Opportunity Online Broadband Summit in Little Rock, representatives of libraries from across the state met to develop a sustainable plan to "assure that adequate Internet bandwidth is available to all public libraries in Arkansas in the future." Twenty-seven library systems in Arkansas have one or more libraries with Internet connection speeds that don?t meet the demand of patrons.