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Broadband Digital Divide Still Needs Addressing

November 7, 2012

While today nearly 90 percent of Americans own a “computerized gadget” like a cell phone, computer, or tablet and only 19 million do not have access to broadband, according to Hanns Kuttner, an expert on economics at the Hudson Institute, the digital divide has not gone away. In fact, Kuttner warns, it could get worse. …

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Crumbling Tennessee Infrastructure could benefit from $555 million wasted on GON

October 25, 2012

A new report from Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations shows the state’s basic infrastructure is crumbling. Roads, bridges, sewer lines, schools – all are in dire need of repair. Specifically, the Commission identified $38 billion in infrastructure improvement needs: $19.1 billion for transportation; nearly $8 billion for schools; $7.3 billion for health and safety; …

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Communities Conducting Broadband Surveys

October 17, 2012

We have noticed recently a number of news stories about communities conducting surveys about their area’s broadband needs. The Tonawanda News in New York and the Carroll County Times in Maryland are the latest. It is a good sign for taxpayers that these communities are methodically evaluating their current infrastructure and asking consumers not only …

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Back-to-School with Broadband and Your Tablet

September 11, 2012

By now most retail stores have dismantled their back-to-school display and put up a Halloween one. Left over, perhaps, are a few boxes of crayons, a glue stick or two, maybe several dozen wide-ruled notebooks, and … Ipads? Well, maybe there aren’t any leftover, but tablets, notebooks and e-readers are certainly part of the back-to-school …

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