Maryland

Officials from five cities say, "Don?t let the Verizon/cable deal slam the door on our high speed-future."
In a forceful op-ed in Monday's Baltimore Sun, former U.S. Congressman and NAACP President Kweisi Mfume spoke out on the particular need of poor and minorities for expanded 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.
Congress must step in to clarify FCC authority to protect broadband consumers, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) announced.
Baltimore's Enoch Pratt Free Library is at the forefront of a fundamental transformation in the role of public libraries in America--providing a free portal to high-speed Internet access.
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 Department of Energy awarded $620 million in economic stimulus grants for Smart Grid projects, some of which use digital technology to help residents track their homes' energy use.
UnitedHealthcare (UHC) is developing a national telehealth network to increase physician presence in underserved communities - both rural and urban. Telehealth is the emerging practice of using cameras, microphones, and often robots to connect patients and doctors that are not in the same place. These systems run on high-speed and high-capacity Internet connections, which makes it difficult for those in rural areas to gain access.
The FCC is continuing its series of workshops on the state of broadband deployment and adoption throughout the nation. During the first week of September, two workshops focused on state and local government broadband initiatives and recommendations for broadband benchmarks. Participants included officials from various state and local governments, representatives of several non-profit policy organizations, including Speed Matters' partners One Economy and the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), as well as academics and industry representatives.
In his "rebuilding America" plan, President Obama pushed smart grid technology to the forefront - citing it as a way not only to eliminate power outages, but also as a mechanism for job creation and reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. However, none of that will be possible without broadband Internet connections.