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Blog // Connected Tennessee

5 Predictions for the Web in 2025

By Jennifer Cobb

According to technology experts celebrating the world wide web’s 25th birthday last week, the web in 2025 will help improve education, help cultivate better partnerships globally, and jumpstart changes to healthcare and the systems behind it. On the other hand, these technology experts also say the web in 10 years will see online privacy as a luxury for the rich as the web will contribute to and expand the global wealth gap and amplify loss and abuse online. The five predictions according to InformationWeek: 1. Big data will affect the public's actions and behavior             “We will...

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Connected Tennessee Supports SETDD Regional Broadband Meeting

By Jennifer Cobb

With Alyson Ferine Last week, Connected Tennessee was invited to attend a regional broadband meeting coordinated by the Southeast Tennessee Development District (SETDD) in cooperation with the Office of US Senator Bob Corker and hosted by Volunteer Energy Cooperative in Decatur, TN. The goal of this meeting was to facilitate dialogue regarding broadband and the real world challenges and issues faced by those living in the SETDD counties. Residents from around the district participated in panels discussing the lack of availability and cost-prohibitive broadband options. Providers represented at the summit were AT&T, Comcast, Charter...

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Key FCC action to advance the reform of the E-rate program

By Connected Nation

The Federal Communications Commission released yesterday a Public Notice (PN) requesting further comment regarding the E-rate program modernization reform. The E-rate program provides funding to support the  telecommunications and Internet access needs of schools and libraries across the nation. This new item advances the reform launched by the FCC on July 2013 (see E-rate Modernization NPRM) and sets the stage for the implementation of Chairman Wheeler’s vision for the reform of the program as advanced in his speech of February 5, 2014 (see White House and FCC Advance Plans to Connect America’s Schools and...

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Today Deadline for Expressions of Interest in FCC Rural Broadband Experiments program

By Connected Nation

Today marks the deadline for interested parties to file non-binding expressions of interest in the Rural Broadband Experiments (RBE) program first announced last month by the FCC. The program, which is spurring widespread interest with already dozens if not hundreds of submissions on the record, seeks funding proposals for projects to connect areas across the country that lack broadband access. The program hopes to incentivize deployment of “scalable” broadband networks in communities without ubiquitous broadband at speeds of at least 3 Mbps down/768 kbps up. This new funding program, which could be as large as $230 million, has drawn the...

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