• Closing the Rural Broadband Gap

    Fri, December 14, 2018

    By Douglas Kinkoph, Associate Administrator Office of Telecommunications and Information Applications NTIA has a long history of working to close the digital divide. Unfortunately, there are still nearly 25 million Americans still lack access to broadband connectivity and of those, 19...

  • Case Studies in Public-Private Partnership Driving Broadband Deployment

    Mon, December 03, 2018

    Many small communities across the country struggle to bring advanced broadband to their residents. What they lack in size, they often make up with diversity of their economies, populations, geography, and technology providers. Public-private partnerships (PPP) can help local government...

  • Five Digital Inclusion Trends in the United States

    Thu, October 18, 2018

    by Doug Kinkoph, Associate Administrator, Office of Telecommunications and Information Applications This week, NTIA recognizes International Digital Inclusion Week . Digital inclusion is more than a social program giving people access to computing and information technology; it is now an...

  • Will Seniors be Early Adopters for the Internet of Things?

    Tue, October 02, 2018

    If the Internet of Things (IoT) conjures images of the Jetsons and self-driving cars, think again. At the NTCA Rural Broadband Association 2018 Fall Conference , Curtis Strole, Executive Director, Customer Relations, NeoNova , talked about how he uses IoT devices as a better way to help his...

  • NTIA Helps Facilitate Smart Ag and Rural Workshop

    Wed, September 19, 2018

    On September 6 and 7, NTIA and BroadbandUSA participated in a workshop that focused on deploying rural broadband and using technology in agriculture (also known as “smart ag”) at Purdue University, Indiana. Participants shared ideas for wireless test beds for smart ag and rural...

  • Libraries are Filling the Homework Gap as Students Head Back to School  

    Tue, September 04, 2018

    Students heading back to school this fall that lack access to high-speed broadband will continue to rely upon libraries for homework assignments. Over the past few years, the U.S. has made significant gains in efforts to connect K-12 schools with high-speed broadband connections of 100Mbps per...

  • NTIA Files Petition to Update Wireless Priority Service Program

    Tue, July 10, 2018

    Cross-posted with NTIA. by Shawn Cochran, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Policy Analysis and Development This week, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration filed a Petition for Rulemaking with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to update the rules...

  • Connectivity with a Purpose

    Thu, July 05, 2018

    Internet usage gaps still persist among lower-income families, although more people are using mobile data plans to get online. Based on NTIA’s most recent survey on Internet use conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2017 , more households now use a mobile data plan than wired broadband...

  • New Data Show Substantial Gains and Evolution in Internet Use

    Wed, June 06, 2018

    Cross-posted with NTIA By David Redl, Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and NTIA Administrator The digital divide is showing signs of giving way as more Americans from all walks of life connect to the Internet. Several historically disadvantaged groups showed...

  • NTIA Requests Feedback on Improving Broadband Availability Data

    Wed, May 30, 2018

    by David J. Redl, Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and NTIA Administrator Across the country, Americans use broadband to learn, shop, grow their businesses, and connect with friends and family around the world. Communities that gain access to affordable, high-speed...