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Mozilla leaders to DC: “There are alternatives to SOPA” | The Mozilla Blog

Mozilla leaders to DC: “There are alternatives to SOPA” | The Mozilla Blog | National Broadband News | Scoop.it

“We urge Congress to think hard before changing the regulation that underpins the Internet. Let’s not deny the next generation of entrepreneurs and founders the same opportunities that we all had...”

 

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The EDGE: Report: Schools should go digital within 5 years

The EDGE: Report: Schools should go digital within 5 years | National Broadband News | Scoop.it
A school district in Georgia is planning to invest millions of dollars in education technology. The Clarke County School District's plan includes the purchase of interactive whiteboards, iPads and netbooks, as well as the hiring ...

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How is the U.S. doing in the 'Global Bandwidth Race'? - Views from FCC Chair Julius Genachowski.

How is the U.S. doing in the 'Global Bandwidth Race'? - Views from FCC Chair Julius Genachowski. | National Broadband News | Scoop.it
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An interesting interview with Julius Genachowski, Chair of US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), covering a range of topics and issues on fixed/wired and mobile/wireless broadband.
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The Coming US Government Internet Kill Switch !

The Coming US Government Internet Kill Switch ! | National Broadband News | Scoop.it

An executive order granting the president sweeping power over the Internet is close to completion.

 

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Wednesday said the cybersecurity executive order the White House is drafting is close to completion.

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Info agencies built on paper shift to meet demands of digital age - The Hill - covering Congress, Politics, Political Campaigns and Capitol Hill | TheHill.com

Info agencies built on paper shift to meet demands of digital age - The Hill - covering Congress, Politics, Political Campaigns and Capitol Hill | TheHill.com | National Broadband News | Scoop.it
Two legislative-branch agencies built on paper are working hard to reinvent themselves as Congress’s consumption of and demand for digital information increases. information increases.
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Obama Ready to Sign Internet Control Executive Order

Obama Ready to Sign Internet Control Executive Order | National Broadband News | Scoop.it

The press has been reporting an increase in cyber related attacks from hacker groups like Anonymous and Antisec, but in reality, says Bruce Schneier, hacker activity has not increased, only media coverage has.

 

And this has a purpose, namely to drum up support from the people for more government control. But it was evident that it wasn’t drumming up enough support because the Congress and Senate have failed to pass internet control legislation, and that’s where the executive order comes in.

 

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FCC Poised to Vote on Spectrum Auction Plan | Mobile Phone Tech News

FCC Poised to Vote on Spectrum Auction Plan | Mobile Phone Tech News | National Broadband News | Scoop.it

The lack of available spectrum to handle the ever-growing crop of smartphones and tablets has been a hot-button issue in D.C. and mobile circles alike, and the Federal Communications Commission now appears poised to finally take action.

 

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski today announced that he has submitted a proposal for incentive spectrum auctions to his fellow commissioners, which they will vote on at the agency’s Sept. 28 meeting.

 

With incentive auctions, TV broadcasters would be able to voluntarily sell off unused spectrum to companies that would use it for mobile broadband purposes.

 

The idea was first floated in the FCC’s National Broadband Plan, which was released in 2010. It has been discussed at length since then, and earlier this year, Congress inserted language into a larger economic package that gave the FCC permission to auction off broadcast spectrum to wireless carriers.

 

According to The Hill, the auctions would take place by 2014.

 

“Incentive auctions will help create jobs and strengthen U.S. competitiveness in a world where, increasingly, mobile leadership is required for leadership in the global innovation economy,” Genachowski said in a statement. “The proposal would also free up a significant amount of unlicensed spectrum for innovative WiFi-like uses, and create the first uniform, national low-band unlicensed spectrum in any country.”

 

In a statement, Dennis Wharton, executive vice president of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), said the group looks forward to working with the FCC on the issue.

 

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Etisalat launches $35,000 prize for broadband innovation

Etisalat launches $35,000 prize for broadband innovation | National Broadband News | Scoop.it

Etisalat Prize for Innovation’ - was aimed at encouraging and celebrating valuable innovation in the African market.

 

The award will be in two categories and both prizes would be for driving as well as facilitating mobile broadband use in Africa.

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Tablet adoption could give flip phones new lease on life

Tablet adoption could give flip phones new lease on life | National Broadband News | Scoop.it
In an unexpected twist, some tech-savvy customers are supplementing fancy tablets with simple phones. Read this blog post by Jessica Dolcourt on Dialed In.
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Gates is part of $12 million funding for mobile satellite broadband

Gates is part of $12 million funding for mobile satellite broadband | National Broadband News | Scoop.it

Bill Gates has put a smidgen of his Microsoft fortune behind Kymeta, which raised $12 million for a new satellite-based mobile broadband service that uses a technology called "metamaterials." The technology, the company says, will make satellite antennae smaller and cheaper. Kymeta was spun off from Intellectual Ventures, an outfit known for buying up patents and then suing companies to collect royalties on them.

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Telemedicine gives rural doctors immediate access to help | Minnesota Public Radio

Telemedicine gives rural doctors immediate access to help | Minnesota Public Radio | National Broadband News | Scoop.it

Advances in technology and changes in public policy are paving the way for an explosion of growth in the telemedicine industry, delivering health care to rural Minnesota.One example is in the small Minnesota town of Baudette on the Canadian border. The emergency room staffers there now have immediate access to a roster of medical specialists who can help from hundreds of miles away.

 

Lakewood Health Center in Baudette is the city's only access to emergency care. It's small, with only two doctors and a nurse practitioner on staff. They and a team of on-call nurses respond to emergencies as they arise.

 

But for the past year, the Lakewood Health Center has had many more medical experts at its disposal. Nursing Director Patty Frohreich said when things get hectic in the emergency room, staff can tap the help of experienced doctors and nurses at a call center in Sioux Falls, S.D.

"All I have to do is push this button on the red emergency box," Frohreich said.

 

The service called e-Emergency is part of a range of telemedicine services provided by the Sioux Falls-based Avera Health system. When the call is answered, a high-definition television screen pops on above one of the emergency bays. Registered Nurse Becky Vandekeift in Sioux Falls can remotely control a wall-mounted camera, capable of zooming in on patients, as well as IV pumps, cardiac machines and other monitoring equipment.

 

The connection to Baudette's ER means doctors in Sioux Falls can assist with diagnosing and treating patients. Sioux Falls nurses can keep track of the time between certain medications, or can arrange transport to a larger hospital, if needed.

 

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Kissimmee, FL Gears up for Google | All About Fiber Optics

Google is accepting applications from cities across the country with the intent to install fiber optic broadband networks that will deliver speeds of one gigabit per second 100 times faster than existing Internet service.

 

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2012 Olympics: Internet Coverage Garners 1 Billion+ Views

The 2012 Games have not yet concluded, but official online coverage of the 2012 London Olympic Games is set to eclipse totals set four years ago in Beijing. NBCOlympics.com has seen 1.1 billion total page views across its online, mobile and tablet platforms, pushing within 100 million over Beijing's 1.2 billion total. According to NBCUniversal officials, London page views are up 38% from 811 million at the corresponding point of the Beijing Games.

 

This increased traffic has translated into a marked increase in video streaming, which now totals 102.6 million streams, versus 75 million for the entirety of 2008. In terms of unique visitors, London 2012 has attracted 39.1 million visitors to NBCOlympics.com on computers for London, versus 37 million for all of Beijing, with the mobile website garnering 6.8 million versus 4.2 million.

 

The downloadable apps NBC Olympics Live Extra and NBC Olympics are at 8.7 million and 3.1 million, respectively, and counting. What have been the most popular events this time around?

 

The events recording the highest number of live streams thus far was the USA women's gymnastics team winning gold (1.46 million), Jamaica's Usain Bolt defending his title as the world's fastest human in the 100-meter sprint (1.29 million) and Phelps' winning the 200 individual medley (1.19 million).

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25% of Americans Access Social Media Via Mobile

25% of Americans Access Social Media Via Mobile | National Broadband News | Scoop.it

Just how big is social media on mobile networks today? So big that one in four Americans now access social network sites via their mobile device on a regular basis.


According to the latest estimates from eMarketers, social networking, aided by the widespread adoption of smartphones in the US, is “quickly making the jump to mobile.”

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Congressional Investigation Slams DHS Anti-Terror Centers: Wasted Taxpayer Funds, Created No Useful Intelligence & Violated Civil Liberties | Techdirt

Congressional Investigation Slams DHS Anti-Terror Centers: Wasted Taxpayer Funds, Created No Useful Intelligence & Violated Civil Liberties | Techdirt | National Broadband News | Scoop.it

Since September 11th, the government has often had something of a blank check (and the equivalent lack of oversight) for anything labeled as being part of an anti-terror effort. As such, it should hardly come as a surprise that programs are wasteful, possibly fraudulent, bad for civil liberties and (oh yeah) completely useless (to actively harmful) in fighting terrorism. A Congressional investigation into the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) "fusion centers," which were supposed to be a key force in anti-terrorism efforts, presents an absolutely scathing condemnation of the effort.

 

'The Subcommittee investigation found that DHS-assigned detailees to the fusion centers forwarded "intelligence" of uneven quality - oftentimes shoddy, rarely timely, sometimes endangering citizens' civil liberties and Privacy Act protections, occasionally taken from already-published public sources, and more often than not unrelated to terrorism. The Subcommittee investigation also found that DHS officials' public claims about fusion centers were not always accurate. For instance, DHS officials asserted that some fusion centers existed when they did not. At times, DHS officials overstated fusion centers' "success stories." At other times, DHS officials failed to disclose or acknowledge non-public evaluations highlighting a host of problems at fusion centers and in DHS' own operations.'

 

Oh, and did we mention how wasteful they were? Apparently, taxpayer money simply "disappeared" into the program often being spent on totally unrelated things like flat screen TVs:

 

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More than half of users polled would vote via mobile devices

More than half of users polled would vote via mobile devices | National Broadband News | Scoop.it
A full 60 percent of smartphone and tablet owners polled said they would use their devices to vote in the upcoming presidential election. Read this blog post by Lance Whitney on Internet & Media.
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The Cable Industry Should Rebrand Itself the Broadband Industry

The Cable Industry Should Rebrand Itself the Broadband Industry | National Broadband News | Scoop.it
Despite constant worry about the state of the video business, the cable industry investment story is increasingly focused on broadband.
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Broadband and the Presidential Campaign

Broadband and the Presidential Campaign | National Broadband News | Scoop.it

As the 2012 Presidential campaign heats up, Republicans and Democrats are redefining their respective positions on Internet regulation and broadband deployment in the United States. While the Obama Administration touts broadband successes such as the National Broadband Plan, the Broadband Stimulus Programs contained in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), and its wireless spectrum strategy, Republicans are criticizing each of these initiatives.

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FCC to tax broadband Internet

FCC to tax broadband Internet | National Broadband News | Scoop.it
The Federal Communications Commission has made universal Internet access a top priority -- even, critics say, if it comes at the expense of other customers.
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Does High Speed Broadband Increase Economic Growth? - Forbes

It's a reasonable enough question: does the roll out of high speed broadband increase economic growth? It is absolutely true that if you build it they will come.

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Why Farms Need Wireless Broadband (VIDEO)

Why Farms Need Wireless Broadband (VIDEO) | National Broadband News | Scoop.it
Fresno, Calif., works to roll out wireless broadband across a landscape populated primarily with fruits and vegetables.
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50 Wireless Quick Facts I

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FCC's telehealth pilot shows how broadband improves rural healthcare | CMIO

FCC's telehealth pilot shows how broadband improves rural healthcare | CMIO | National Broadband News | Scoop.it

Providers are extending healthcare to rural patients with financial assistance from the rural healthcare pilot program, a six-year-old initiative that provides funds for telehealth projects. So far, the program has committed an estimated $369 million of the total $415 million set aside, according to an evaluation published Aug. 13 by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

 

The FCC implemented the rural healthcare pilot in 2006 to supplement the rural healthcare program, an ongoing initiative that gives rural providers financial assistance to defray the high cost of broadband in those areas. Unlike the permanent program, the pilot program is intended to provide one-time funding to cover up to 85 percent of the cost of broadband network construction and deployment.

 

“In recent years, broadband has become increasingly vital to the effective delivery of healthcare, and it can be uniquely transformative in rural areas, where distance poses a substantial challenge,” according to the report.

 

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E-Payments Mean Billions in Healthcare Savings

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius estimates up to $9 billion on savings over the next ten years from new guidelines for making healthcare claim payments electronically. The changes take effect January 1, 2014.


The rules, known as Administrative Simplification: Adoption of Operating Rules for Health Care Electronic Funds Transfers and Remittance Advice Transactions, were developed with industry stakeholders and build upon healthcare electronic fund transfer (EFT) standards that HHS adopted in January. Savings are projected to be between $2.7 billion and more than $9 billion produced by reducing inefficient processes for physician practices, hospitals, and health plans.


Studies show a physician averages nearly three weeks a year on billing and insurance related tasks. In offices, billing procedures often require two-thirds of a full-time employee per physician. By receiving payments electronically and automating the posting of the payments, a physician’s practice and hospital’s administrative time and costs can be decreased.


“These new rules will cut red tape, save money, and ensure doctors spend more time seeing patients and less time filling out forms,” Secretary Sebelius said.

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Across the planet, broadband is getting faster & faster

Across the planet, broadband is getting faster & faster | National Broadband News | Scoop.it
The global broadband revolution is in full swing and across the planet we are seeing people logging on the internet with faster and faster connections. It is new economies that are among the fastest.
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