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Study Suggests States Must Do More to Modernize Internet Connections in Schools, Libraries

A report commissioned by the Federal Communications Commission underscores that, while most libraries and schools have some sort of Internet connection, many are not at a level that meet their needs. About 80 percent of the libraries and schools that receive funding through “e-rate” programs said that slow connections hamper their ability to access e-mail and view online reference materials, both essential for students and library patrons.

Broadband and Technology: Four Steps To Ensure Economic Growth

At the end of 2010, the Federal Communications Commission approved rules intended to preserve open access to the Internet. The order provoked criticism from consumer groups and advocacy organizations who argued that the rules did not go far enough. With this discontent at the federal level, progressive state legislators can and should enact legislation that aims to achieve universal broadband access and adoption for their constituencies.

Moving Forward: Opportunities For States to Expand Access to Affordable Telecommunications

Access to affordable communication services is a critical issue for low-income and rural communities, and progressive state legislators have an opportunity to level the playing field. In a moment where access to telecommunications is crucial to our economic survival, states must ensure that they call on those who have the responsibility to level the playing field for all.

NM: New Mexico Lands Millions in Broadband Funds

New Mexico Business Weekly

The New Mexico counties of Rio Arriba, Los Alamos, northern Santa Fe and five American Indian communities will receive $10.6 million in stimulus grants to improve high-speed Internet infrastructure, according to the U.S.

Broadband and Technology Investments: Policy Options for 2011

Broadband – high-speed Internet – has redefined the way we work, communicate, and unite; it has also become a galvanizing political tool, with the proven potential to unite progressives across the nation. Combined with investments in local technology and in digital inclusion programs that are needed to prepare today’s workers, states can incorporate technological advancement as a key part of a progressive economic growth agenda.

Broadband and Technology Investments: Policy Options for 2011

Broadband – high-speed Internet – has redefined the way we work, communicate, and unite; it has also become a galvanizing political tool, with the proven potential to unite progressives across the nation. Combined with investments in local technology and in digital inclusion programs that are needed to prepare today’s workers, states can incorporate technological advancement as a key part of a progressive economic growth agenda.

State Job Creation Strategies for 2011

The fundamental challenge in this recession is that the growth that preceded it was a mirage. Bubble era borrowing created a network of financial jobs, real estate jobs and construction jobs that collapsed with the end of the bubble. Many of those jobs will never return.

An extremely high proportion (75%) of job losses in this recession are permanent rather than temporary. States will need to nurture completely new industry sectors and the infrastructure to support those jobs, while the jobless will need retraining in new skills to participate in those sectors.