Private-Public Partnership

The FCC released a report highlighting the cost-saving measures in its proposal to rollout a public safety broadband network. More advanced wireless networks will help mitigate communications problems during crises that were exposed during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 and hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Despite March's modest employment gain, many workers could be left permanently out of the job market if Internet equality isn't made part of the national recovery efforts, warns Julius Hollis. The CEO and Chairman of the Alliance for Digital Equality ? a Speedmatters partner ? penned a Huffington Post piece that issued the warning.
As the federal government announces its plans to award the second round of broadband stimulus funding, telecommunications companies are concerned that it targets duplicate projects, instead of expanded high-speed service for unserved areas.
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski recently announced a new program intended to drive small business broadband investment. The public-private partnership includes representatives from AT&T, Google, Microsoft, Cisco, HP, and others, and will help the United States maintain its high-speed Internet advantage in the coming years.
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.
The U.S. Broadband Coalition has released its initial report on the upcoming national broadband strategy. The report synthesizes the views of the coalition's 160-plus member-organizations. The U.S. Broadband Coalition intends that the report will serve as a building block for the National Broadband Task Force - which will be delivering a national broadband policy to Congress in early 2010.
Colorado launched a website to gather public input to measure and map the penetration saturation of high-speed Internet throughout the state. The state government and the non-profit organization and Speed Matters partner, Connected Nation, collaborated to develop the website - www.connectcolorado.org.
Both public and private entities are successfully bringing broadband services to previously unserved or underserved residents in Ohio and the Appalachia area. Recently, a partnership between the state of Ohio and AT&T brought broadband access to several southern Ohio communities.
As a part of its series of national broadband plan workshops, the FCC recently convened a session on broadband policies in other countries. These workshops are designed to help the FCC develop a national broadband plan, which is due to Congress by February 17.
Italy announced a 1.47 billion-euro ($2.06 billion) investment in a national broadband plan that will help overcome the existing digital divide. Italy is currently listed as 22nd in the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development's broadband rankings, only slightly behind the United States' 15th ranking. Currently 13% of Italians have no access to the Internet or insufficient bandwidth, and the majority of those without broadband live in rural areas. The Italian Government's undersecretary for telecommunication, Paolo Romani, said the goal is to provide the entire population access to broadband technology, with a speed of between two and twenty megabits per second, by 2012.