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Coalition vies for federal stimulus funds for broadband network

Apr 04, 2010 Comments Off on Coalition vies for federal stimulus funds for broadband network

A far-reaching grant proposal for federal stimulus funds to link the Santa Cruz, San Benito and Monterey area via a broadband high-speed Internet network was submitted last week by the Central Coast Broadband Consortium, a diverse coalition of public and private entities that see high-speed Internet as critical to the future of the region.

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Mississippi ranks last in Internet usage

Apr 04, 2010 Comments Off on Mississippi ranks last in Internet usage

And an annual population survey in 2009 by the Census Bureau found only 55 percent of Mississippians use the Internet, whether at home, at work, at school or elsewhere.

That’s low. The lowest in the country. The next lowest is Alabama, and it’s five percentage points higher than Mississippi.

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Stimulus helps plug NM’s digital divide

Apr 02, 2010 Comments Off on Stimulus helps plug NM’s digital divide

Managers at the Peñasco Valley Telecommunications Cooperative in Artesia joke that it’s cheaper to relocate rural families to cities than it is to bring high-speed Internet to the desert.

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Rural Idaho counties get $2.4M for fast Internet

Apr 02, 2010 Comments Off on Rural Idaho counties get $2.4M for fast Internet

BOISE, Idaho — A central Idaho Internet company will use $2.4 million in federal stimulus money to build eight broadband towers that will deliver high-speed Internet access to businesses, hospitals, schools and homes in five rural counties.

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Inglewood CA Goes Wireless Thanks To Black Business

Apr 02, 2010 Comments Off on Inglewood CA Goes Wireless Thanks To Black Business

I’ve written many times on the Whiteness Of Wi-Fi, and how we as a people need to use technology to our own benefit–not corporate Americas. Now Black business in the city of Inglewood CA have moved forward to create their own Dot.com stimulus plan. Manchester:One a small business collaborative project of the non-profit Manchester Community Technologies (MCT), has install a FREE public Wi-Fi network along the Manchester Blvd business corridor.

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The Politics of Broadband Access

Apr 02, 2010 Comments Off on The Politics of Broadband Access

In a lot of ways, the executive summary of the National Broadband Plan released last week, like the health care bill that just became law, boils down to “who gets what,” and “who pays for it.” I recently spoke with Shirley Franklin, former mayor of Atlanta, and the role of advocacy organizations in helping to answer these questions. Franklin has joined the Alliance for Digital Equality (ADE) earlier this year as a senior advisor.

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Connecting America, Chapter 4: ‘Broadband Competition and Innovation Policy’

Apr 02, 2010 Comments Off on Connecting America, Chapter 4: ‘Broadband Competition and Innovation Policy’

Twenty-five years ago, the World Wide Web did not exist. Very few Americans had even seen a mobile phone, and broadband networks were available only to a few businesses and research institutions.

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National Broadband Plan: A Look at Chapter 4 and Privacy

Apr 02, 2010 Comments Off on National Broadband Plan: A Look at Chapter 4 and Privacy

WASHINGTON, April 2, 2010 – Chapter Four of the plan focuses on broadband competition and innovation policy. It’s one of the most far-reaching sections in the entire 360-page document. It starts by addressing various mobile and fixed networks and moves on to discuss specific devices, privacy and identity theft. It concludes with discussion about the need for innovating and changing the current network.

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