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How the Digital Divide Fuels the Income Divide

Stewart Wolpin | Posted 03.19.2014 | Technology
Stewart Wolpin

There has been a great deal of political sturm und drang in political circles about the yawning income inequality gap, which is now the highest its ...

A Blueprint for Wheeler's FCC

Christina Gagnier | Posted 03.11.2014 | Technology
Christina Gagnier

On Thursday, the new Federal Communications Chairman Tom Wheeler will make his first visit to California to speak at a town hall-style event in Oakland. Here are three items Wheeler should consider to help improve digital literacy and high-speed Internet access in California and throughout the United States.

What is America's Broadband Agenda?

Christina Gagnier | Posted 11.11.2013 | Technology
Christina Gagnier

The desire for broadband Internet to be available to everyone wanting it is a noble and worthwhile goal, but in order to be successful it requires a set of interconnected strategies.

Julius Genachowski Is Government's Unsung Hero

Steve Westly | Posted 07.20.2013 | Politics
Steve Westly

FCC chairmen often fall into one of two camps -- stern regulators focused on compliance or free-market stalwarts eager to spark private sector growth. Chairman Genachowski is rare in his ability to simultaneously accomplish both goals.

Looking to Get a Gig? You Don't Have to Wait for Google to Build it

Joey Durel | Posted 06.27.2013 | Impact
Joey Durel

The path that led us to the deployment of a citywide gigabit network has been a challenging one. There have been ups and downs, but we have remained focused on what is best for our community. In keeping our focus, we have delivered the connectivity that our citizens demanded nearly a decade ago.

America's Broadband Networks Are 'Passports to Economic and Social Citizenship'

John M. Burns | Posted 06.15.2013 | Technology
John M. Burns

Policymakers in Washington should build on what consumers have started by designing a regulatory structure that applies to all providers equally and encourages investment, to finish the shift quickly and build a better future for America

We Must Bridge the Rural Digital Divide in America

Diane Russell | Posted 05.18.2013 | Technology
Diane Russell

The policy question is not, "Is broadband working in America?" It clearly is. The real challenge is to make sure that the remaining Americans who are not on the fast lane of the Internet get on it as quickly as possible.

The State of Broadband and Social Justice: A Dream Deferred

David Honig | Posted 03.25.2013 | Technology
David Honig

The dream is as vivid, as desirable, as tangible as ever: a nation where all Americans can realize their full potential by putting to use all of their entrepreneurial and managerial skills, and their inherent creativity and innovation. But the FCC defers that dream year after year.

Economic Security for Rural America: LightSquared Round Two

Diane Russell | Posted 01.29.2013 | Technology
Diane Russell

An essential building block to economic growth lies in expanding broadband access to rural America. Instead of pushing each other over the self-made cliff, why not build a bridge across the digital divide?

When Talk Isn't So Cheap

Zack Christenson | Posted 01.26.2013 | Technology
Zack Christenson

As Internet becomes more of a basic communication need, for everything from news consumption to education, it becomes more and more worrisome that government continues to discourage wireless use.

The End of Cities: The Coming 'Great Rural Migration'

Stephen Estes | Posted 11.26.2012 | Los Angeles
Stephen Estes

If the benefits of living in a city are diminished because the Internet brings access to the world to you, then why deal with the high real estate prices, traffic, crime, pollution and difficulty of living alongside millions of other people?

Communications Breakdown -- Your Phone, Wireless, Broadband, Internet and Cable Bills

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 11.24.2012 | Technology
Bruce Kushnick

As I stare at the Republican and Democratic party platforms, I wonder -- don't these people have a clue? Haven't they bothered to actually ask their constituents what they think of their phone, wireless, broadband, Internet, and cable bills?

FCC Has Options to Make Verizon Cable Deal Better for Internet Users

Edward J. Black | Posted 10.20.2012 | Technology
Edward J. Black

Congress and the FCC have put themselves at this juncture where they now have to choose between taking strong steps the biggest companies abhor, in order to enable competition -- or actually regulating a broadband monopoly.

Pick Up On One and Let The Other One Ride

Everett Ehrlich | Posted 09.26.2012 | Technology
Everett Ehrlich

We should instead focus on doing whatever we can to spread high-speed connectivity everywhere and unleash its potential to create jobs and growth, improve such key sectors as education and health care, and empower individuals.

Gerry Smith

F.C.C. Chair Announces New Plan To Bridge Digital Divide

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 01.09.2012 | Technology

The head of the Federal Communications Commission on Monday announced a new plan to expand broadband Internet access by modernizing a program that pro...

More Wireless Broadband Is What Consumers Want, U.S. Needs to Close the Digital Divide

David Honig | Posted 03.04.2012 | Technology
David Honig

For the United States to be competitive with other nations, and to end the digital divide, the Treasury should invest what's necessary to build out and sustain fast national wireline and wireless services.

A Huge Step In Getting Seniors, Minorities, Low-Income Individuals Online

Daniel Kent | Posted 12.26.2011 | Impact
Daniel Kent

On Oct. 12, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced Connect to Compete, a national program to promote broadband adoption and digital literacy. It's a big step in the right direction.

Transforming Rural Economies: Bridging The Digital Divide

Diane Russell | Posted 10.24.2011 | Politics
Diane Russell

If Americans can put a man on the moon, we can be sure everyone has access to high-speed broadband Internet, regardless of where they live.

Obama Administration Is Sending Mixed Signals on Rural Economic Development

Shirley Bloomfield | Posted 10.20.2011 | Technology
Shirley Bloomfield

When it comes to the Obama administration promoting broadband development in rural America -- a prerequisite for economic growth -- the left hand may not know what the right hand is doing.

NBP Anniversary Coincides With Considerable Steps Forward

Julius H. Hollis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Julius H. Hollis

The merger of T-Mobile USA and AT&T will enable rapid broadband coverage for most of the nation -- including many lower-income and rural communities that have been largely underserved.

AT&T Celebrates Broadband Plan by Buying Out Competition

Art Brodsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Art Brodsky

High-speed Internet access is still a market with little competition, and there is nothing in the National Broadband Plan to address that crucial fact.

What Amy Chua and President Obama Have in Common: Parenting and New Trends in Home Learning

Elisabeth Stock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Elisabeth Stock

We must heed the President's call to invest in both education and broadband, but to do so in a way that dovetails the two to promote greater learning in the homes of students at all income levels.

Digital Divide: Only 60 Percent Of Rural Homes Use Broadband

The New York Times | KIM SEVERSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

COFFEEVILLE, Ala. — After a couple of days in this part of rural Alabama, it is hard to complain about a dropped iPhone call or a Cee Lo video that ...

Up To 10 Percent In U.S. Lack Good Internet

AP | Posted 05.26.2011 | Technology

(By JOELLE TESSLER, AP) WASHINGTON -- As many as one in 10 Americans can't get Internet connections that are fast enough for common tasks such as view...

The Real State of the Union Winners: Underserved Americans

Julius H. Hollis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Julius H. Hollis

Expanded access to the next generation of wireless services will generate major economic growth and rapid job creation, fostering crucial economic empowerment in communities of color.