March 2013

TENNESSEE BILL WOULD COST MILLIONS, FORCING MINORITIES, STRUGGLING FAMILIES, AND BROADBAND PROVIDERS TO PAY MORE

March 13, 2013

Tweet Tennessee State Senator Bo Watson has introduced a bill that would substantially raise pole attachment rates for broadband providers across the state. Known as House Bill 1111 and Senate Bill 1222 (HB1111 and SB1222), this legislation could discourage investors from further expanding broadband throughout Tennessee, force cable and Internet providers to raise their rates, […]

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Comcast Celebrates Major Progress with Its Internet Essentials Program

March 11, 2013

Tweet Comcast has a lot to celebrate this year. Last week during a breakfast reception at its office located a few steps away from Capitol Hill, Comcast Corporation Executive Vice President David Cohen announced that Internet Essentials, the nation’s largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption program, has connected nearly 150,000 families, or 600,000 individuals since […]

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Infographic: College Isn’t Cheap

March 10, 2013

Tweet Infographics are a powerful new tool that have taken the Web by storm as an effective way to get across important and often alarming information. Open-site.org has shared this one with BBSJ. We thank Kimberly Hayes for the submission. There are dozens of benefits that justify earning a higher education, including–but by no means […]

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Verizon Chairman Announces Company Support of Comprehensive Immigration Reform

March 8, 2013

Tweet Verizon Chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam recently wrote the following letter to Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), copying Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), John McCain (R-AZ), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), and Marco Rubio (R-FL), voicing Verizon’s support of comprehensive immigration reform. Specifically, McAdam cited global competitiveness, stating that […]

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Divergence: Which Path Will We Choose on the Road to Universal Broadband Adoption? Part II

March 4, 2013

Tweet Over the past few years, the Federal Communications Commission has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to subsidize broadband providers in an effort to encourage them to serve rural areas.  However, there is much debate regarding how best to get access to rural customers. Many have wondered whether the FCC still needs to fund rural […]

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Gaining the Digital World and Keeping Their Soul: How Minority Entrepreneurs Can Stimulate Broadband Adoption, Part II

March 4, 2013

Tweet Minority entrepreneurs are developing content that has the potential to bridge the digital divide.  As discussed in the first part of this series, social justice advocates have to match the interests of non-adopters with content relevant to those interests.  Wireless service and mobile broadband devices, such as smartphones and tablets, are leading the way.  […]

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Closing the Gender Gap: We Still Have Decades to Go

March 3, 2013

Tweet The Women’s Media Center recently released its 2013 “Status of Women in the U.S. Media” report, revealing that it will take until 2085 for the nation to reach gender equity. By the time women reach parity with men in government, politics, business, and non-profit leadership positions in the United States, Sasha Obama will be […]

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