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We've made a few small changes at SpeedMatters.org--including a new version of the speed test--with more to come in the next few months.
High speed internet continues to change people's lives in ways big and small. The latest evidence is a study by eMarketer, a market research firm, showing that an estimated 80 million Americans will use the internet for banking and bill paying this year.
Thanks to our 80,000 Speed Testers, the Speed Matters Campaign has been making waves around the country. On Monday we released a state-by-state report and interactive map on U.S. internet speeds based on the test results.
More than 80,000 people have taken the Speed Matters Speed Test to learn the actual speed of their internet connections. We've used the results of all those speed tests to create the first-ever state-by-state report on internet speeds across America. Our findings were deeply troubling.
This week's episode of Political Chowder--an hour-long political talk show in New Hampshire--featured a panel discussion on the Verizon-FairPoint deal.
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.
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.
A new ad is hitting the airwaves in Maine to inform the public about a piece of legislation that would require telecom deals to be made in the best interest of the state. The ad, paid for by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), is the next chapter in the controversial proposed FairPoint and Verizon merger.
Hundreds of workers and consumers gathered at Waterfront Park in Burlington, Vermont, to protest Verizon's plan to sell its landlines in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont to FairPoint Communications, a small company based in North Carolina.
Great news out of New York this week. The Telecommunications Reform Act passed out of committee in the state Assembly by an 18-4 vote. That's a very strong margin of victory, and it shows that support for this important bill continues to grow.