With an Eye to America’s Future Economic Prosperity Congress Unanimously Passes Historic Broadband Legislation

Today, S1492, the Broadband Data Improvement Act, passed the Senate unanimously after moving through the House yesterday in the same fashion – and is now on its way to the President’s desk. As such, every member of Congress has promoted the importance of broadband and the related technologies that are enabled when communities and families have the ability and desire …

Need for Broadband Transcends Cities, Towns, and Communities

Mark McElroy’s post on NextGenWeb today is below and at http://www.nextgenweb.org/news-and-blog-clips/the-need-for-broadband-transcends-cities-towns-and-communities Access to broadband, and furthermore use of broadband, is imperative for U.S. citizens to maintain their competitive edge in an increasingly global economy. Broadband allows educational, employment and healthcare opportunities that would otherwise remain out of reach for many. At Connected Nation, our goal is ubiquitous broadband availability and …

Connected Nation Praises the Congress for Acting on Broadband Legislation, Urges the Senate to Act Swiftly to Finalize S 1492

As Congress has worked on several pieces of “must-pass” legislation over the last several days, the Senate and House have worked to finalize a broadband bill that will provide funding for statewide initiatives that will accelerate broadband and produce a positive financial impact that Connected Nation has estimated to be $134 billion annually across the nation. Last week the U.S. …

US Chamber Calls for Passage of S1492 Broadband Legislation

TO THE MEMBERS OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the world’s largest business federation representing more than three million businesses and organizations of every size, sector, and region, strongly supports S. 1492, the “Broadband Data Improvement Act,” which would authorize funding to states for public-private partnerships focused on identifying gaps in broadband coverage and on …

Congress Has Opportunity to Connect the Nation

Below from Link Hoewing over at the Verizon Policy Blog Last night during the first presidential debate, Senator Barack Obama included the deployment of broadband technology to all Americans as one of the economic priorities he would establish if he became President. Senator John McCain supports the deployment of broadband technology and calls it a “top priority” to ensure deployment …

US Chamber of Commerce Partners with Connected Nation

From Jason Goldman at the US Chamber of Commercehttp://www.chamberpost.com/2008/09/bringing-broadb.html In a BusinessWeek article posted today, Chamber partner Connected Nation received well-deserved recognition for its efforts to promote broadband deployment to underserved rural communities. The lack of broadband not only “makes it harder for businesses to get work done, but also impedes workers’ efforts to find jobs [and] puts students at …

US Senate Commerce Committee Hearing “Why Broadband Matters”

Today, the Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing designed to take a step back, look at the larger picture, and examine the importance of broadband in the daily lives of Americans. Chairman Daniel Inouye (HI–D) captured it well in his opening remarks – “This is why our discussion today is not about pipes and providers. It is about people; our …