U.S. not getting broadband fast enough
August 20, 2010
According to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, between 14 million and 24 million Americans still lack access to broadband internet, and immediate prospects for deployment to them are futile.
This new stance by the FCC contradicts previous statements which had said that high-speed internet service was being made available to all Americans in a timely fashion.
The statement was part of a comprehensive report by the federal agency that attempts to measure the country's progress in closing the "digital divide" that separates relatively wealthy, wired communities from less affluent, sparsely populated areas with no access to affordable broadband.
The report found disproportionately large segments of people without broadband access in rural areas of North Carolina, Texas, South Carolina, Mississippi, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kentucky, among other states.
The FCC's sixth statement on the subject, since it was mandated to do so by the Telecommunications Act of 1996, is "the first really credible effort" by the agency to deliver findings based on quality data, said FCC Commissioner Michael J. Copps.
"The sixth time is the charm," he added. "The documented failure to connect millions upon millions of Americans disproves previous FCC findings that broadband is being reasonably and timely deployed."
While the adoption of broadband has grown "significantly" over the last decade, "we still have a long way to go to ensure that all Americans have broadband access," Copps said.
High-speed internet providers have said it is not economically feasible for them to install broadband in areas with few potential subscribers.
The FCC supports the growth of broadband through public-private partnerships and announced in March that it hopes to use educational programs and an expansion of internet infrastructure to give 90 percent of Americans high-speed web access at home by 2020.
Currently, about 65 percent of Americans have high-speed internet access at home, which the FCC says is a disadvantage to economic growth.
The FCC report also updates a key standard -- the speed used to determine whether households are served by broadband.
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SRDC in Search for New Director
The search for a Director for the Southern Rural Development Center continues. This is a 12-month, tenured faculty appointment in the Department of Agricultural Economics. The faculty member in this position serves as Director of the Southern Rural Development Center. As one of four regional centers, the Southern Rural Development Center (SRDC) works with 13 Southern states, Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands to initiate, foster, and facilitate regional research and education efforts that contribute to an increased quality of life for residents of the Southern region. The SRDC is partially federally funded and hosted by Mississippi State University.
Minimum Qualifications: The Director must have a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics, Economics, Community Development, Rural Sociology, or a closely related area. Must qualify for rank of Associate Professor or Professor with tenure in the Department of Agricultural Economics. PARF Number: 7429
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NACDEP Conference Registration Open
May 17 – 20, 2015
National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals 2015 conference registration is now opem. Be sure to register by April 17 for the early bird pricing. The conference will be held in Little Rock, Arkansas. The theme for this year is Building a Rock Solid Future. For more infomation on booking a hotel room please visit DoubleTree by Hilton.
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NET 2015 Call for Proposals
The NET 2015 Call for Proposals is now open. A 400 word abstract should be submitted through our online form at
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Please find the attached information regarding The National Extension Tourism Conference (NET 2015) http://extensiontourism.net , being held in Galveston, Texas October 27-30, 2015. This is an outstanding opportunity for both service providers and tourism businesses to share their success stories, programs and research with others who are interested in tourism activities. Please share with anyone who may be interested
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SRDC Annual Report
SRDC is constantly moving forward to create a better future for a better South. The 2014 SRDC Annual Report captures how to create communties by the variety of Extension and Research activities spearheaded by the Center over the past year in partnership with its land-grant university colleagues and key external collaborators
The report devotes special attention to SRDC projects that broaden the voices of the people who are working together to make life better for their communities and regions. Our Turning the Tide on Poverty initiative, Stronger Economies Together (SET) program, and ReadyCommunity training all promote citizen engagement and community vitality.
Please take a look and explore the accomplishments and highlights in the 2014 SRDC Annual Report.
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Community Behavioral Health Early Warning System - Index Partner Communities - Call for Proposals 2015
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and the Regional Rural Development Centers are partnering to implement a national program of early warning systems with respect to community-level incidence of behavioral health issues (e.g. substance abuse, mental illness). Increasing behavioral health issues impose costs on communities via treatment, law enforcement, and long-term impacts on individual and family productivity. The incidence of these issues and how they are expressed varies by place and across time, so local monitoring and intervention techniques are important.
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Bonnie Teater Award Nominations are Due April 1
The Southern Rural Development Center is pleased to announce that nominations are being sought for the Bonnie Teater Community Development Early Career Achievement Award for 2015. This award honors the work of a "rising star" who has already achieved great things in his/her early career in community development.
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