The FCC's recently released Sixth Broadband Deployment Report points out that between 14 and 24 million Americans are living without access to broadband Internet.
On June 24, California's Public Utilities Commission unveiled its roadmap to bring the state's electric grid into the 21st century. The proposed "smart grid", will allow two-way communications, sensors and control technologies, and promises to affect the way electricity is generated, transmitted, and used.
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 Commerce Department has announced broadband investments totaling more than $29 million for the nation's two largest cities, Los Angeles and New York. The grants target computer-training programs and will allow more than 30,000 low-income students and their families online access to educational, employment, and health information.
Some low-income residents in parts of Los Angeles will soon have high-speed Internet to thank for their whiter teeth and brighter smiles. A new telemedicine project piloted by the University of the Pacific will provide dentists with the capability to electronically review patients in underserved San Fernando Valley communities.
U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke recently announced the latest round of economic stimulus awards totaling $357 million for expanded high-speed Internet access. Nine states received record funding for broadband expansion. Nine states - California, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Wisconsin - received funding from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.
Employment growth correlates with broadband availability according to a report released by the Public Policy Institute of California. Especially in sparsely populated areas, and in areas with tech-heavy industries, adoption and deployment of broadband increases the number of jobs available.
A new piece of legislation has the potential to shut down a $600 million corporate tax windfall in the Verizon-Frontier deal, and protect consumers, workers, and communities.
Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA), the sponsor of the Broadband Affordability Act (H.R. 3646), promoted the bill in a blog post on December 2. Matsui, who represents the Sacramento area, described how Internet access has expanded opportunity for her family.
The FCC task force charged with developing the National Broadband plan released an interim report stating that there are ?critical gaps? that must be filled before American individuals and businesses can fully benefit from broadband technology. The report identifies significant gaps in the federal Universal Service Fund, which doesn?t support broadband adoption and deployment despite over $7 billion spent to subsidize telecommunications annually. Rep. Doris Matsui (CA-5) recently introduced the Broadband Affordability Act ? endorsed by CWA ? which would address many of these problems.