Connecting America: The National Broadband Plan
The National Broadband Plan lays out a bold roadmap to America's future. Explore the Plan and learn more about how affordable, high-speed broadband access will help America lead in the 21st century. Learn about the Plan.
Broadband Fact of the Week
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Exploring the Digital Divide
NTIA and the Department of Commerce's Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA) recently released a report that analyzes broadband Internet adoption and use across the United States. The new study finds that although socio-economic factors like income and education are strongly associated with broadband Internet use, they are not the sole determinants of adoption. Read more.
Broadband Adoption in Low-Income Communities
This study draws on some 170 interviews of non-adopters, community access providers, and other intermediaries conducted across the US in late 2009 and early 2010 and identifies a range of factors that make broadband services hard to acquire and even harder to maintain in low-income communities. Learn more.
Broadband Fact Book
Here you’ll find convenient research items and bite-sized talking points all in one central location. Start fact-finding.
A typical day for most of us includes visiting websites, e-mailing, and watching videos online. With all that online activity, how much data do you use? Find out here.
Learning: Is there an App for that?
This report by The Joan Ganz Cooney Center focuses on how new forms of digital media are influencing very young children and their families in the United States and how smart mobile devices and applications-apps, for short-in particular, can be deployed to help advance their education. Learn more.
Educational Goals in the National Broadband Plan
Learn about the three key recommendations to help education prosper under the National Broadband Plan, including supporting and promoting online learning, unlocking the power of data and improving transparency, and modernizing educational broadband infrastructure. Read more.
Survey: Mobile Learning at a Tipping Point
Project Tomorrow’s annual Speak Up survey reports mobile technology in the classroom has more than tripled among high school students in the past three years – and even more interesting, parents say they are more likely to purchase a mobile technology. Learn more.
Learning in the 21st Century: Taking it Mobile!
Taking it Mobile takes a look at how educators are exploring strategies for effectively integrating “classic” resources (such as workstations, laptops, and wires) with emerging broadband mobile devices (such as smartphones, e-readers, smartbooks, handheld gaming platforms) to create a “blended” infrastructure where students can learn in or out of school. View the report.
Learning in the 21st Century: 2010 Trends Update
Speak Up Report Release on 2010 trends for 21st century education. As the use of computing and networking technologies in schools grows, educators increasingly incorporate online tools and resources into their curricula with the goal of helping students develop 21st century skills while bridging the digital divide between students and adults.Learn about the key trends.
Mobile Teaching & Learning in Action
Learn how you may integrate mobility into teaching and learning. The Wireless Education & Technology Center at CSU Monterey Bay has students and faculty engaged in exciting initiatives that re-define the classroom using tablet PCs, PDAs, cell phones, digital wireless cameras and printers, and mobile wireless access points. See mobile technology in action
Google Teacher Academy
The Google Teacher Academy is a FREE professional development experience designed to help K-12 educators get the most from innovative technologies. Check it out.
Pockets of Potential: Using Mobile Technologies to Promote Children's Learning
The report Pockets of Potential: Using Mobile Technologies to Promote Children’s Learning, by Cooney Center Industry Fellow Carly Shuler, makes the case that our nation’s leaders should not overlook the role mobile technologies can play in helping to stimulate valuable innovation. Learn more.
FCC Sesks High-Speed Broadband for Schools and Libraries
Changes in the E-Rate program would bring faster Web access to those areas not currently covered. Learn more.
The Chicken Soup Debate
There’s been great debate around the industry over the definition of “4G”. CLEAR blogged about this topic and offered key considerations mobile broadband users should consider when evaluating different technologies like 3G, 4G, WiMAX, LTE or HSPA+. View a comparison of how Verizon’s 4G LTE service compares to CLEAR’s 4G service, which is available to qualified nonprofits through Mobile Beacon’s grant program. See the difference.
Demo: Learn How WiMAX Works
WiMAX is a fourth-generation (4G) wireless technology designed to enable pervasive, high-speed mobile Internet access to the widest array of devices including notebook PCs, handsets, smartphones, and more. Learn how WiMAX works. View demo.
WiMAX Standards and Interoperability
The mobile WiMAX standard, IEEE* 802.16e, is a single, worldwide broadband wireless standard that covers fixed, portable and mobile deployments. Designed to facilitate economies of scale, lower network implementation costs, and global device compatibility, WiMAX is the next open standards-based step in our wireless evolution. Learn more.
Next Step in the WiMAX Migration Path: 802.16e Enhanced
As further demand for capacity is anticipated, WiMAX equipment and chip vendors, in partnership with WiMAX operators and the WiMAX Forum, launched an initiative to accelerate the adoption of features already supported in IEEE Std 802.16e to help operators more easily and cost-effectively enhance the performance and availability of their WiMAX network. Read more.
United States Unified Community Anchor Network
Funded by the NTIA Broadband Technology Opportunities Program, U.S. UCAN fills a critical gap linking community anchor institutions together into a national, open network with next-generation capabilities, operated with end-to-end transparency and the highest levels of performance uniquely suited to the needs of these communities. Learn more.
Economic Stimulus, Broadband Access, and the Nonprofit Sector
Learn about Tech Soup’s work to provide donated and discounted software, computer hardware, and technical information and support to civic organizations is a way to jumpstart a civic channel for offering broadband access in underserved communities. Learn more.
New Presentation: "Libraries and Broadband: Becoming Radical Change Agents in Our Communities"
Slides from a recent presentation by Professor R. David Lankes, Director of the Information Institute, Syracuse University's School of Information Studies, and director of the library science program for the school. View presentation.
American Library Association Outlines Positions on National Broadband Plan
The American Library Association (ALA) supports several initiatives suggested in the plan, such as the National Digital Literacy Program and the modernization of the E-rate Program. Learn more.
Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband Coalition
The Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition aims to improve the broadband capabilities of schools, libraries and health care providers so that they can enhance the quality and availability of the essential services they provide to the public and serve underserved and unserved populations more effectively. Read success stories.
Stimulus Funds Boost Library's Broadband Access Efforts
An influx of federal stimulus money is funding the expansion of high-speed Internet access and related programs at the Southeast Steuben County Library and other smaller libraries across the Southern Tier. Read more.
Rural Healthcare Pilot Program
The FCC has initiated a pilot funding program to facilitate the creation of a nationwide broadband network dedicated to health care, connecting public and private non-profit health care providers in rural and urban locations. Learn about the program.
Broadband & Healthcare
Broadband and health IT will transform health care, simultaneously enabling better outcomes and lowering costs. Electronic Health Records and Remote Monitoring technology could alone create over $700 B in net savings over 15-25 years. View healthcare highlights.
No Strings Attached: Wireless Internet’s Potential for Nonprofits
The second part of the No Strings Attached report provides a description of several nonprofit programs that are already effectively using municipal wireless to improve their work and expand their services. Learn more.