• On October 11, 2011, the FCC released data on the number of Internet access connections in the US providing over 200 kilobits per second (kbps) in at least one direction as of December 31, 2010, as collected by FCC Form 477. The report found that Internet connections are growing, and that mobile Internet access is growing particularly fast, up 64% for the year. The report also finds that the speed of connections is increasing as well. The report may be found here.
  • On October 12, 2011, FCC Chairman Genachowski announced a public-private broadband initiative to increase broadband adoption. The FCC will “launch a proceeding to explore how the E-Rate program can expand access to digital literacy training at more public libraries and schools across the country and, ultimately, forming a Digital Literacy Corps.” The Digital Literacy Corps. was a recommendation in the National Broadband Plan. Chairman Genachowski also announced the creation of “Connect to Compete”, a nonprofit initiative for digital literacy. Connect to Compete will be funded initially by the Knight Foundation and will be housed at One Economy and led by its CEO, Kelley Dunn. Finally, Chairman Genachowski praised the efforts of several private companies, such as Best Buy and Microsoft, that have worked to increase digital literacy and adoption. Chairman Genachowski’s speech is available here. A fact sheet released by the FCC is available here.