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Census Shows Home Broadband Adoption Improving in the U.S., Despite Persistent Gaps

By Chris McGovern

The United States Census Bureau recently released data from its 2015 American Community Survey (ACS) showing that home Internet access and broadband adoption are climbing in the United States, albeit slowly. Overall, the ACS data shows that 77% of Americans have some sort of broadband service at home. That includes 6% of Americans who subscribe only to mobile service at home. Not all Americans are subscribing at the same rate, and this new data shows that some of the gaps appear to be shrinking at a glacial pace. Fewer than one-half (49%) of Americans living in households with annual incomes below $20,000 have home broadband service,...

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FCC Releases Broadband and Health Interactive Mapping Tool

By Amanda Murphy

The Federal Communications Commission’s Connect2Health Task Force has launched a broadband and health interactive map. The new tool, titled Mapping Broadband Health in America, allows users to analyze broadband and health data visually, and at a national, state, and county level. The map is intended for use by both public and private sectors, and local communities, as a tool to drive discussion, to identify opportunities and gaps in connectivity and health care, and to assist broadband health policies and digital health solutions. Users have the ability to generate customized maps that display broadband access, adoption, and speeds along...

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FirstNet Establishes Chief Customer Office to Prepare for Public-Private Partnership, Network Deployment

By Amanda Murphy

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Board met in Chicago recently to discuss taking action toward positioning the organization for a successful deployment of the nationwide public safety broadband network. The Network requires a large-scale public-private partnership to be successful. The private partner will be determined soon, when the contract has been officially awarded. “We have a clear focus to ensure the partnership is successful starting day one,” said FirstNet Board Chair Sue Swenson in a recent press release.  “Our goal is to hit the ground running with our partner to deliver the best solution to public...

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FirstNet Gives Update to Senate Commerce Committee

By Amanda Murphy

FirstNet CEO Mike Poth testified on Tuesday in a hearing titled “FirstNet Oversight: An Update on the Status of the Public Safety Broadband Network." The hearing was before the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet. During the hearing, the Inspector General’s Office presented three major challenges they have identified that FirstNet will face and need to address in order for the nationwide public safety broadband network to succeed—acquisition management, consultations with states and other localities, and internal control. FirstNet has posted video of the hearing on its website, along with...

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