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Anne Veigle 04.16.2014
Nearly three-fourths of applicants expressing interest in participating in an experimental rural broadband program at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) sought more money than was available under the Connect America Fund (CAF) program, according to a USTelecom review. USTelecom examined 690 of the more than 1,000 applications “...
USTelecom Media 04.16.2014
As Democrats and Republicans prepare for the midterm elections, both camps are talking about how digital tools with sophisticated voter targeting will give them a distinct edge over their opponents. Mobilizing votes — and getting the ones each candidate needs — are certainly key to victory. However, as 2012 voter turnout results showed...
USTelecom Media 04.15.2014
As the Washington Post reports, considerable work lies ahead to fix the damage caused by the Heartbleed bug, a pervasive security threat to websites with SSL encryption and servers running specific types of software. This breach has raised the larger question of data protection. New findings from the Pew Research Center suggests that growing...
Mary Schultz 04.14.2014
Traditional voice communications services are no longer dominant in the U.S. as households increasingly “cut the cord” on the use of landlines and alternative forms of landline voice communications, according to a recent letter USTelecom filed with the Federal Communications Commission. Based on USTelecom projections, slightly more...
USTelecom Media 04.11.2014
This week, President Barack Obama announced $107 million in grants awarded through the program Youth CareerConnect to create education programs heavily focused on building skills geared to technology-related industries. This effort is indicative of a positive shift underway in education — from incorporating tech tools in classrooms —...
USTelecom Media
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04.10.2014
As tax reform proposals continue to unfold, the 2013 income tax season is well underway. With April 15 quickly approaching, Americans looking to complete their taxes in these last days can benefit from an array of Internet tools to help make tax time easier. But first, in advance of exploring these tools, it’s interesting to examine the data...
Anne Veigle 04.09.2014
From connecting with loved ones to performing jobs and accessing information, the Internet has tangible benefits for seniors just as it does for younger generations of Americans. In fact, these technology-based skills are important for the millions of Americans age 65 and older who continue to work in some capacity as profiled here by CNBC....
Karn Dhingra 04.08.2014
A key architect of the 1996 Telecommunications Act said a move by leaders of the House Energy & Commerce Committee to update the 18-year-old piece of legislation could set the stage for greater bi-partisanship in Congress. “We need a 2016 Act and policies that allows creative people to move ahead with their ideas,” said former Rep...
Anne Veigle 04.08.2014
Schools and libraries that lack access to high-speed broadband deployment should be identified, USTelecom said in comments filed with the Federal Communications Commission on the E-rate modernization initiative. Schools and libraries could self-report, subject to FCC confirmation. Several state maps contain detailed information that could help,...
USTelecom Media 04.04.2014
With this week’s release of “Fire TV,” Amazon.com is now entering the Internet streaming device competition — signaling the company’s ambition to dive deeper into the entertainment market. As Reuters reports, the video and game-streaming device offers content akin to Apple TV and Google’s Chromecast. A key...