Idaho

With millions of rural residents depending on wireless-only, the AT&T/T-Mobile merger offers the best chance for 4G LTE broadband.
For years, Speed Matters has been campaigning for better access to high-speed broadband for all Americans, but a recent story in The New York Times revealed that we still have a long way to go. A study by Pando Networks, a file-sharing company, discovered that residents of Idaho have the overall slowest download speeds in the nation — slower than many poorer nations.
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.
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.
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced its second round of grant awards for broadband mapping programs in Alaska, Colorado, Delaware, Kansas, Louisiana, and Missouri.
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.
The federal government received 2,200 applications for the first round of broadband stimulus funds - easing concerns that demand would be low. In total, $28 billion was requested, but only $4 billion of the total $7.2 billion will be doled out in this round.
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.
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.