• On July 16, 2012, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, FCC Chairman Genachowski, and Susan Hildreth from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced that the Connect2Compete initiative (C2C) has expanded to include American Job Centers as members. In addition, C2C will be launching a digital literacy database in Fall 2012, and IMLS will provide grants to libraries to increase digital literacy. C2C is one of the FCC’s efforts to implement the National Broadband Plan call for improving digital literacy. During the announcement, Chairman Genachowski highlighted the improvements in U.S. competitiveness on broadband, but noted that challenges with broadband adoption and digital literacy hinder many people from finding or qualifying for available jobs. He stated that the FCC wants “to make sure that every American can enjoy the economic and social benefits of high-speed Internet.” More information about the joint announcement may be found here. Chairman Genachowski’s speech is available here.
  • On July 18, 2012, it was reported that Google sent out invitations to a “special event” on July 26 in Kansas City, which may mean that Google Fiber, its 1 gigabyte-per-second fiber network planned long ago for that region, will officially launch on that date. Google Fiber was announced in February 2010, with Kansas City identified as the final choice of communities under consideration. See April 4, 2011 edition of This Week in Telecom. Google may also offer IPTV services with Google Fiber. See February 27, 2012 edition of This Week in Telecom.