The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced on October 5th that it has awarded four state grants in California, Indiana, North Carolina, and Vermont for broadband mapping.
While states across the country are beginning the applications process for broadband funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the city of Los Angeles is providing an example of how high speed Internet can help solve other problems addressed by the economic stimulus bill.
The Hawaii Medical Service Association, the state's Blue Cross-Blue Shield Licensee, is going to provide a web service - called American Well - that will increase the accessibility of doctors to both insured and uninsured patients.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced a $6.9 million pilot grant to public libraries in seven states today to improve the speed of Internet connections.
1,294 households in California will receive broadband service for the first time thanks to the recent approval of funding for six separate state projects.
California recently passed Senate bill 1193 creating the California Advanced Services Fund, which will allocate $100 million to spread high speed Internet access to un-served and underserved areas.
The Southeast Cities Technology Collaborative, an initiative by the Southeast Community Development Corporation to bring high-speed broadband Internet access to southeast Los Angeles, received two grant awards to help them close the digital divide in LA.
Recently the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) unanimously passed a resolution for high speed Internet deployment on a national level, calling on the Bush Administration, the U.S. Congress and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to work together to develop a policy that makes high speed Internet access a national priority.
In a recent report, the California Broadband Task Force found that 96 percent of Californians have high speed Internet access, although speeds vary. Those numbers sound good, but coverage is concentrated in metropolitan areas. Over 1.4 million Californians, living almost exclusively in rural areas, are still without high speed Internet.