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USTelecom Media 09.12.2014
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are designed to provide interactive user forums that help build a community for students, professors and teaching assistants. They also have been touted as an affordable, accessible online learning option. However, there is debate among educators as to their overall benefits. According to a recent PBS NewsHour...
Walter McCormick 09.11.2014
President Obama has appropriately focused on the importance of investment in infrastructure to stimulate the economy, create jobs and lead to improved American competitiveness. Similarly, Federal Communications Commission Chairman (FCC) Tom Wheeler recently gave remarks talking about importance in broadband infrastructure in communications. We...
Anne Veigle 09.10.2014
AT&T and Verizon were No. 1 and 2, respectively, on the Progressive Policy Institute’s third annual “Investment Heroes” list of companies ranked by capital expenditures released today. The companies were among 25 that invested more than $152 billion in the U.S. last year. The report finds that many companies have held off on...
USTelecom Media 09.10.2014
The influence of the Internet of Things (IoT) extends across many industries and has myriad applications. One key area of growth is in U.S. homes where objects with Internet-connected sensors can aid everything from home security, energy consumption — and more. Just this week, AT&T announced it plans to expand its home security and...
USTelecom Media 09.09.2014
The recent history of Internet and computing includes a number of industry luminaries who invented key technologies while attending college. From Mark Zuckerberg’s launch of Facebook to Bill Gates development of software that led the way to Microsoft, these examples highlight how a student’s technology creation can grow and shape new...
Patrick Brogan 09.08.2014
U.S. broadband providers have invested more than $1.3 trillion in network infrastructure from 1996 through 2013, according to a new USTelecom analysis of company capital expenditures data. Broadband provider investment grew to $75 billion in 2013, up by $6 billion, or almost 10 percent, from $69 billion in 2012. The wireline industry invested more...
Mary Schultz 09.08.2014
While many Americans have access to landline and wireless phones, a small but significant number of consumers cannot afford even basic telephone service. Since 2009, in an effort to help these consumers connect to family, friends and variety of vital consumer resources, such as emergency services, health care and employment opportunities, the...
Patrick Brogan 09.05.2014
Reclassification of broadband to Title II common carrier status could harm broadband and edge information technology investment, according to an analysis by Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) scholars Robert Litan and Hal Singer. In contrast to proponents of stricter net neutrality regulation of broadband, Litan and Singer suggest a more measured...
USTelecom Media 09.02.2014
Among the largest corporations in the United States, renewable energy programs are taking off, with 60 percent of Fortune 100 companies setting targets ranging from reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to improving energy efficiency and using renewable energy. The recent report “Power Forward 2.0” conducted by Ceres, David Gardiner...
Anne Veigle 08.29.2014
The success of public broadband is a mixed record, with numerous examples of failures — from St. Cloud, Fla. and Groton City, Conn., to Philadelphia and the Utah Telecommunications Open Infrastructure Agency (“UTOPIA”). With state taxpayers on the financial hook when a municipal broadband network goes under, it is entirely...