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Julius H. Hollis

Blog Entries by Julius H. Hollis

NBP Anniversary Coincides With Considerable Steps Forward

Posted March 21, 2011 | 18:46:40 (EST)

Last year the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released its National Broadband Plan (NBP) designed to make affordable broadband available to 100 percent of Americans. The overwhelming sentiment of progress since the release of the NBP is that we still have a lot of work to do; in recent months the...

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Mobile Broadband Key to Empowering Today's Youth to be Tomorrow's Leaders

Posted March 16, 2011 | 15:52:56 (EST)

The Alliance for Digital Equality (ADE) is proud to be at the forefront of using mobile broadband to make an impression on educational advancements. Our "Learning Without Walls Program" (LearningWOW) which enables the understanding and use of today's broadband technologies by students in lower-income and underserved areas, has...

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Let's Use the Technology of Today to Build an Even Better Tomorrow

Posted February 11, 2011 | 15:47:41 (EST)

As we celebrate the 35th anniversary of Black History Month, a diverse array of Americans across the country have the opportunity to join together to reflect and pay tribute to the untold generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in this great society, paving the...

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The Real State of the Union Winners: Underserved Americans

Posted January 31, 2011 | 12:15:48 (EST)

In his State of the Union speech earlier this week, President Barack Obama called on Washington to make it possible for business to extend the next generation of wireless services to 98 percent of all Americans saying, "This isn't just about a faster Internet and fewer dropped calls. It's about...

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A Dual Plan Hatched @CES to Tackle the Digital Divide

Posted January 12, 2011 | 16:38:09 (EST)

Earlier this week the U.S. Department of Labor released the most recent unemployment data, which revealed that the unemployment rate stood at 9.4%. Although, many economists see a silver lining that might demonstrate that our economy is rebounding because the unemployment rate has dipped to 9.4%, there are equally disturbing...

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The FCC Vote: A Fresh Start for the New Year

Posted December 21, 2010 | 17:27:51 (EST)

Earlier today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted 3-2 in favor of a Net Neutrality plan which will provide assurances that Americans will continue to have an open Internet. Although the plan was not perfect, I believe it gives the business community a reason to invest in our country's future....

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The Path Forward: Investment and Opportunity

Posted December 17, 2010 | 12:52:34 (EST)

This past Wednesday I had the chance to attend and speak at the Communication Workers of America (CWA) Speed Matters forum in Washington, DC. In addition to the close partnership between my organization, the Alliance for Digital Equality (ADE), and CWA this was a unique opportunity to be part of...

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Level 3: Let's Call a Spade a Spade... and Let's Play Fair

Posted December 8, 2010 | 14:44:15 (EST)

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman's announcement last week seemed to signal common ground on the issue of net neutrality, providing an opportunity to shift focus to implementing the National Broadband Plan to deliver affordable access to all Americans. This is good news for low-income Americans who, according to the...

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We Need Jobs Now -- Why Are We Still Talking About Net Neutrality Regulation?

Posted November 23, 2010 | 17:08:39 (EST)

The United States unemployment rate has lingered around 9 percent since July 2009 -- approximately a year and a half ago. Not surprisingly, the people sent a clear message to Washington in the midterm election: Americans need jobs. "Economic recovery" should no longer be an item on the agenda. Growth...

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Technology Is the Key to Equity in Access to Quality Health Care

Posted November 11, 2010 | 11:31:38 (EST)

As our country continues to grow, resulting in a greater, more diverse population, we are faced with an increased need to ensure all Americans are provided with the greatest possible standards of living, regardless of age or socioeconomic status. This is particularly true for the healthcare industry where, even in...

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Diverse Support for Open Internet

Posted October 19, 2010 | 11:40:59 (EST)

Earlier this week, the Alliance for Digital Equality (ADE) released a letter in response to questions recently posed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The questions, which relate to net neutrality and limited access to specialized services, seem to indicate the FCC is still considering regulations that most agree will...

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Smart Internet Policy That's Good for Main Street

Posted October 1, 2010 | 15:18:59 (EST)

Two democrats from very different parts of the country recently came together to form a substantive compromise bill on Internet policy. While the legislation, introduced by Rep. Henry Waxman and Rep. Rick Boucher, ultimately stalled this week, the effort nonetheless demonstrated real progress in the highly contentious debate over Net...

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Congress Steps Up to the Plate to Weigh in on Net Neutrality

Posted August 9, 2010 | 11:33:32 (EST)

Last week officials announced that net neutrality talks have broken down between the Federal Communications Commission, major Internet service providers and other key stakeholders. This news comes as policymakers in Washington, D.C. continue to work toward a resolution in the debate over Internet regulation and as Congress weighs in for...

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Launch Into Digital Revolution Grounded Under "Third Way" Plan

Posted June 23, 2010 | 15:37:44 (EST)

I was reminded Sunday by "Meet the Press" moderator David Gregory of the combined effort made in the late 1950s between the U.S. Government and the private sector to challenge our technological prowess against our Soviet counterparts in the race to outer space. History has shown that when faced with...

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The JET Agenda

Posted April 9, 2010 | 14:54:59 (EST)

As most Americans know, our economy has experienced the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Last Friday, President Obama traveled to North Carolina to visit Celgard, a factory in Charlotte to discuss jobs and the economy. The President's speech coincided with the Labor Department's release of the March report...

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Lighting Up the Lines on the Administration's Internet Plan

Posted February 19, 2010 | 09:05:41 (EST)

Next month, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is scheduled to present its National Broadband Plan to Congress and the stakes could not be higher. Broadband opens doors that allow for extraordinary opportunity -- opportunity that should be available to all Americans at an affordable price.

As we anxiously await the...

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