Entries with tag universal access.

Zuckerberg Promotes Universal Internet Access

Mark Zuckerberg, founder and chief executive officer of Facebook, says Internet connectivity is a human right and announced the launch of an initiative designed to insure access. Internet.org wants inexpensive wireless services for mobile phone users worldwide. In many areas of the world, mobile phones provide the only access. Zuckerberg says the current Internet adoption rate of 9 percent/year is too slow. He also contends Internet access is an essential human right as the globe moves toward a knowledge-based economy. Internet.org purportedly has only a “rough plan,” which critics say “leaves a few major questions unanswered.” (National Geographic)(Businessweek)(“Is Connectivity a Human Right,” Zuckerberg @ Facebook)

New US Report Finds that Many Still Have Limited Broadband Service

A newly released US Federal Communications Commission report found that about 19 million people in the country still lack broadband Internet access. The FCC’s Eighth Broadband Progress Report, released Tuesday, notes that there has been significant progress in expanding high-speed Internet access nationally but that universal access will require further reforms. Of all states in the US, West Virginia has the highest percentage of residents without high-speed Internet: 46 percent, representing 845,000 people. State officials contend the FCC used outdated information and say they are spending $126.3 million in federal stimulus funds to bring fiber-optic cable to public facilities and will distribute $4 million to rural broadband projects in December. The new report also calls out Montana, South Dakota, and Alaska for limited broadband access. (The Associated Press @ The Charleston Daily Mail)(The Charleston Gazette)(Forbes)(United States Federal Communications Commission)

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