Bringing America Up to Speed: States’ Role in Expanding Broadband

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A growing number of states are stepping up efforts to expand high-quality broadband–or high-speed Internet–in the wake of the federal government’s national plan and the availability of stimulus funds, according to a new report released by the Pew Center on the States. Driven by tight budgets to do more with less, many states are looking to broadband as a potential vehicle for promoting economic growth and delivering education, health care, public safety and other critical services more efficiently and effectively. Read full report

The Public Safety Nationwide Interoperable Broadband Network: A New Model for Capacity, Performance and Cost

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The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) has performed a technical analysis of the capacity and performance of the public safety broadband network assuming that the National Broadband Plan recommendations concerning this network are implemented.  This analysis includes examining different emergency situations based on actual experiences and as submitted in the record of the National Broadband Plan. Read full report.

NTIA Must Continue to Improve its Program Management and Pre-Award Process for its Broadband Grants Program

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The Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s final report of the first major departmental oversight of Commerce’s portion of the broadband stimulus program. The 23 page document, issued over the signature of Commerce’s IG, Todd J. Zinser, shows a history of OIG recommendations to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) for improvement in the agency’s management of the program, and NTIA’s lagging efforts to implement those recommendations. The report includes the full text of the agency’s response.
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