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Wireless Substitution: Early Release of Estimates from the National Health Interview Survey, January-June 2014

Categories: Statistics,Telecommunications/Internet

One of a series of surveys marking the increasing reliance of American homes on wireless telephones.  44% of American homes had only wireless telephones, an increase of 3% since the second half of 2013.  From the National Center for Health Statistics


President Obama’s November 2014 Visit to China: The Bilateral Agreements

Reviews the major agreements on limiting greenhouse gas emissions, products to be covered under a new information technology agreement, a military confidence building measure to reduce military tensions, and extension of student, business, and tourist visas.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Fact Sheet: FCC Chairman Wheeler’s Plan to Reboot the E-Rate Program to Meet the Needs of 21st Century Digital Learning

Categories: Education,Laws/Regulations,Libraries/Museums,Telecommunications/Internet

Presents the proposal of the FCC Chairman to modernize the E-Rate rules and funding levels.  Also describes the current high-speed Internet connectivity gap.  From the  Federal Communications Commission


E-Rate Data Update

Categories: Education,Laws/Regulations,Libraries/Museums,Telecommunications/Internet

Staff report which summarizes and analyzes data gathered since summer 2014 regarding long-term funding needs of the E-Rate program which sponsors broadband Internet connections for schools and libraries. From the Federal Communications Commission


Computer and Internet Use in the United States: 2013

Categories: Headlines,Population/Census,Statistics,Telecommunications/Internet

Provides household and individual level information on computer use and Internet access in the U.S.  Estimates that 78% of people in U.S. households had a high-speed Internet connection in 2013 but finds differences in speed of access by demographic characteristics.  From the Census Bureau


Net Neutrality: President Obama’s Plan for a Free and Open Internet

Categories: Laws/Regulations,Presidency,Telecommunications/Internet

Video and text of the president arguing for a net neutrality approach to the Internet as the Federal Communications Commission considers the creation of new policies.  From the White House


The Risks of China’s Internet Companies on U.S. Stock Exchanges

Categories: Business/Economics,China,Financial Crisis/Markets,Telecommunications/Internet

Describes the risks of investing in Chinese technology companies such as Alibaba and Baidu,  which bypass Chinese government restrictions on foreign investment by creating tax havens in locations such as the Cayman Islands.  A staff report from the U.S.- China Economic and Security Review Commission.


The World in 2014: ICT Facts and Figures

Categories: Statistics,Telecommunications/Internet,United Nations

Latest statistics on worldwide mobile broadband use, cellular telecommunications and more.  From the International Telecommunication Union


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