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Digital Inclusion Forum
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Employment & Training Administration Helps Launch Inaugural Digital inclusion Forum in Washington, DC
Thomas M. Dowd, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, said on December 10, 2007: "For generations, an individual could finish high school, find a job in a local plant or mill, earning enough to support a family, pay a mortgage and save for retirement. Today, such opportunities have disappeared and the jobs that are taking their place all require basic computer literacy."  >>
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White Paper
Why We Don't Know Enough About Broadband in the US
Featured White PaperWritten by John Horrigan, this report discusses how half of all Americans now have broadband at home, according to the Pew Internet Project's September 2007 survey, marking the first time that as many as 50% of respondents say they have high-speed internet connections at home. This milestone in broadband adoption occurs at a time of close scrutiny of the data gathered by government agencies on broadband deployment. This backgrounder puts the rate of home broadband adoption in historical context before discussing in detail the issues surrounding broadband data collection and current legislation that seeks to make improvements.>>

Case Study Database
Athens, Georgia
Featured Case StudyAthens's WAG Zone began in 2002 as a build-your-own network across 24 blocks with 5 MBs of throughput and was built and managed by students at the University of Georgia. Gradually, the network was upgraded with BelAir Networks equipment to provide more reliability and durability and increase the footprint. Athens’s “Cloud” portal, or capture page, is apparent to users when they enter and log onto the WAG Zone. The portal is registered intellectual property for the University of Georgia that allows users to register and type in profile information about themselves.>>

Institutional Database
OneCommunityFeatured Institution
OneCommunity is a nonprofit organization that serves Northeast Ohio by connecting public and nonprofit institutions to their next-generation fiber optic network, enabling those institutions to offer enhanced, innovative solutions, and transforming their region's image and economic future by attracting outside investment and creating business and job opportunities. OneCommunity serves educational, governmental, research, arts and cultural, health care, civic, and other nonprofit organizations, and by the end of 2008 their network will reach 22 counties across Northern Ohio.>>