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US broadband plan aims to boost speed, wireless.

Reuters – “U.S. regulators released a blueprint for upgrading Internet access for all Americans, with Internet speeds up to 25 times the current average, expanded coverage and more airwaves for mobile services. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission plan released on Monday comes as the Internet increasingly delivers everything from telephone service to movies, music and banking services.”

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U.S. to roll out major broadband policy

Reuters – “U.S. regulators will announce a major Internet policy this week to revolutionize how Americans communicate and play, proposing a dramatic increase in broadband speeds that could let people download a high-definition film in minutes instead of hours. Dramatically increasing Internet speeds to 25 times the current average is one of the myriad goals to be unveiled in the National Broadband Plan by the the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday. The highly anticipated plan will make a series of recommendations to Congress and is aimed at spurring the ever-changing communications industry to bring more and faster online services to Americans as they increasingly turn to the Internet to communicate, pay monthly bills, make travel plans and be entertained by movies and music.”

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Tough Road for Google’s Network

WSJ – “Plan to Build High-Speed Internet Faces Infrastructure Hurdles, Lack of Content”

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What You Need To Know About the National Broadband Plan

GigaOm – “The FCC will deliver its National Broadband Plan to Congress a day earlier than originally scheduled — on March 16. Also on that day, the five FCC commissioners will vote on a “mission statement” intended to represent the spirit of the submitted documents. The plan, which Congress called for as part of the stimulus package passed last year, will recommend ways to provide universal broadband access as well as encourage Congress and industry to use broadband in health care, education and energy efficiency programs.”

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Google dangles ultrafast broadband and cities leap

AP – “Wearing just a T-shirt and shorts, Mayor Don Ness strolled to the end of a dock jutting into frigid Lake Superior. He grinned, waved his arms to a cheering crowd, and jumped in. “I’ve laid down the gauntlet!” Ness cried, shivering and dripping as he emerged from the lake in a video posted on YouTube. “All right, you other mayors! You want Google Fiber, you jump in Lake Superior!”

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Reuters – ” The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will seek to bring Internet speeds of 1 gigabit per second by 2020 to community institutions such as schools and government buildings, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said on Thursday.”

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Cost, Crotchetiness Keep Broadband Out of 1/3 of U.S. Homes

Wired – “More than a third of American adults don’t have a fast internet connection at home, leaving some 80 million adults and 13 million children at a distinct disadvantage in a wired world, according to an FCC report released Tuesday.”

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‘Super-fast broadband’ in UK homes by 2017 – Tories

BBC – “The Conservatives have unveiled plans to deliver a “nationwide super-fast broadband”, part of which could be funded from the BBC licence fee.”

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Bill Gates fund: libraries need more cash for broadband

ars technica – “The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation wants the government to lift the cap on spending for broadband at schools and libraries. Meanwhile, the FCC says it’s interested in a cable industry proposal that could cut funding to small rural phone services.”

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ALA submits comments to FCC on national broadband plan, barriers to adoption

District Dispatch – “The American Library Association (ALA) today submitted comments to Federal Communications Committee (FCC) regarding broadband adoption as part of the National Broadband Plan (NBP). As the FCC develops the NBP, the Commission is looking at societal cost of having a large group of people who do not use the Internet as well as the barriers that prevent people from using it.”

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