More than two-thirds of Americans are well connected – to the Internet, that is – but schools and libraries aren't, according to new data from the US Department of Commerce. At least, those important institutions' connections are relatively slow. The department this week unveiled BroadbandMap.gov, a search engine that, when you type in an address, city, county, or zip code, tells you what … [Read more...] about US schools & libraries not well connected: Commerce Dept.
School and libraries are getting what they asked for. Today the FCC announced new rules for the E-rate, one impact of which will be faster connections for schools and libraries who receive the federal funding for Internet connectivity, ConnectSafely's Larry Magid reports in the Huffington Post (78% of them had wanted faster connections, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski told Larry in an interview … [Read more...] about E-rate for schools & libraries gets an upgrade
This morning Elmo of Sesame Street helped Julius Genachowski of the FCC launch the child- and family-empowerment part of the FCC's universal broadband plan (trying to understand Mr. Genachowski's job, Elmo asked, "So you're the chairman of the Funky Chicken Club?"). But before Elmo joined him, the Federal Communications Commission's chairman spoke of the "four pillars" of broadband Internet for US … [Read more...] about FCC’s positive new plan for digital literacy & Net safety