Broadband Connectivity

Maine Librarians Bridge the Digital Job Divide

February 15, 2012

Patrick Therrien holds a Masters of Science in Organizational Leadership and a Graduate Certification in Human Resources Management. During three months of unemployment, Therrien looked online to learn the latest tips on how to build his resume, write cover letters, and give a strong interview. Despite his tech-savvy, he felt overwhelmed by the amount of information online.

A Strike Too Far

  • By
  • Megan McArdle,
  • New America Foundation
August 22, 2011 |

If a union falls by the wayside and nobody notices, does it make a difference?

Verizon's union workforce will return to work tomorrow, after a 16-day strike. You may have noticed that you didn't notice.

The Community Wireless Engineering Game: "Every Network Tells a Story"

July 20, 2011

When the Open Technology Initiative presented at the Allied Media Conference in June, many of the participants documented it with posts to Twitter and Flickr. We used Storify, an online tool for compiling social media, to arrange those pics and tweets into a narrative of our workshop and a tour of local wireless networks.

The FCC Needs More Fixes, Fewer Excuses for the National Broadband Map

  • By
  • Sascha Meinrath,
  • New America Foundation
May 31, 2011 |

Our critique of the National Broadband Map, "Map to Nowhere," has caused quite a stir over at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). Yet the response from Steven Rosenberg, chief data officer with the FCC's Wireline Competition Bureau, offers PR spin and damage control rather than substantive ideas.

"4G" Hype and Need for Transparency Rules

June 22, 2011

Advertisements from mobile providers touting their new 4G network as the "fastest" or "most advanced" in the nation are everywhere at the moment. But beyond marketing slogans of "lighting fast" and "supercharged," most consumers have little understanding of the service beyond these superficial terms, or of just how unrelated the self-identified '4G' label is to the actual performance capabilities of a particular network or device.

M-Lab Tool, Shaperprobe, Reveals Traffic Shaping Among Major ISPs

June 9, 2011

Developed by Georgia Institute of Technology researchers Partha Kanuparthy and Constantine Dovrolis, a new measurement program called ShaperProbe is the first of its kind to detect traffic shaping over end user connections to the Internet.

Egypt: Not Just the Facebook Revolution

  • By
  • Romesh Ratnesar,
  • New America Foundation
June 3, 2011 |

"We prayed the revolution would succeed," says Magdy El Galad, the editor-in-chief of Al-Masry Al-Youm, the largest independent newspaper in Egypt. "Because if it failed, we would have been assassinated." A wry smile crosses his face. He's joking, sort of.

Map to Nowhere

  • By
  • Benjamin Lennett,
  • Sascha Meinrath,
  • New America Foundation
May 18, 2011 |

Why is it so incredibly difficult to figure out how much of the nation has access to affordable broadband? For the past 15 years, the Federal Communications Commission has been required by law to collect data on high-speed Internet access. For the most part that information has been fairly useless for the public or even for policy types. Up until recently, for example, a telecom company only needed to serve one customer in a ZIP code to get credit for serving everyone.

Comments of New America Foundation, Consumers Union, and Media Access Project on High-Cost Universal Support and Connect America Fund

  • and Parul P. Desai, Consumers Union; Matthew F. Wood, Media Access Project
April 18, 2011

Public Interest Commenters urge the Commission to implement reforms in three major areas as part of a comprehensive effort to transition the high-cost mechanism into a fund that explicitly supports the deployment and adoption of affordable broadband service.  The Commission should (1) create a more inclusive framework that will substantially expand the type and number of providers eligible to receive USF support; (2) require USF recipients, both during and after the transition of the high-cost fund to the Connect America Fund, to provide broadband-capable facilities while maintaining o

Washington DC Broadband Bridge Regains Momentum

  • By
  • Preston Rhea,
  • Joshua Breitbart,
  • New America Foundation
March 3, 2011 |

The BroadbandBridge is a community-based partnership seeking to bridge the digital divide in Washington DC’s Bloomingdale and Eckington neighborhoods.

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