National News Archive

Digital divide exacerbates US inequality

The majority of families in some of the US's poorest cities do not have a broadband connection, according to a Financial Times analysis of official data that shows how the "digital divide" is...

How Mobile Technology Can Improve Employees' Well-Being

People are increasingly using mobile technology to improve their well-being. This isn't surprising, given that mobile technology is becoming more integral to people's lives. In the U.S., the...

Philips gives COPD patients lifeline with new gadget

There are many wearable health-trackers on the market, but few manage to bridge the divide between personal and professional use. Philips today announced the release of a new wearable diagnostic...

Younger Americans and Public Libraries

Younger Americans—those ages 16-29—especially fascinate researchers and organizations because of their advanced technology habits, their racial and ethnic diversity, their looser relationships...

Texting creating "text neck"

The way we text and use technology is having an effect on our health, warn experts. "The problem is the posture," Dr. Dean Fishman, a chiropractic physician who created and trademarked the...

FCC RELEASES NEW DATA ON INTERNET ACCESS SERVICES AND LOCAL TELEPHONE COMPETITION

The Federal Communications Commission has released its latest reports on Internet access service connections and local telephone services in the United States. Titled Internet Access...

Supreme Court bans warrantless cell phone searches, updates privacy laws

The Supreme Court ruled  that police cannot go snooping through people's cell phones without a warrant, in a unanimous decision that amounts to a major statement in favor of privacy rights. ...

Older Adults and Technology Use

America's seniors have historically been late adopters to the world of technology compared to their younger compatriots, but their movement into digital life continues to deepen, according to...

From Distant Admirers to Library Lovers -- and beyond

The digital era has brought profound challenges and opportunities to countless institutions and industries, from universities to newspapers to the music industry, in ways both large and small....

Couples, the Internet, and Social Media

As technology becomes more deeply integrated into people's lives, couples are feeling both the positive and negative effects of digital communications tools in their relationships. Fully 27%...

FCC to Launch Rural Broadband Trials

Small Internet providers that have been trying to tap federal funds to serve hard-to-reach rural customers are going to get a crack at some of that money, but their first step will be convincing...

E-Reading Rises as Device Ownership Jumps

The proportion of Americans who read e-books is growing, but few have completely replaced print books for electronic versions. The percentage of adults who read an e-book in the past year has...

Social Media Update 2013

Some 73% of online adults now use a social networking site of some kind.1 Facebook is the dominant social networking platform in the number of users, but a striking number of users are now...

FCC Releases New Data on Internet Access Services

The Federal Communications Commission has released its latest report on Internet access service connections in the United States.    Titled Internet Access Services, the report is based...

Americans Value Public Libraries in Their Communities

Americans strongly value the role of public libraries in their communities, both for providing access to materials and resources and for promoting literacy and improving the overall quality of...

Older Americans' Internet Use Up vs. 2002, but Still Lags

Overall, Internet use has risen from 69% in 2002 to 87% today Americans' self-reported Internet use has risen from 69% in 2002 to 87% today, but significant gaps in usage remain across age,...

Online Video 2013

Over the past four years, the percent of American adult internet users who upload or post videos online has doubled from 14% in 2009 to 31% today. That includes 18% of adult internet users who...

Home Broadband 2013

Some 70% of American adults ages 18 and older have a high-speed broadband connection at home as of May 2013, according to a nationally representative survey by the Pew Research Center’s...

51 Percent of U.S. Adults Bank Online

Fifty-one percent of U.S. adults, or 61% of internet users, bank online. Thirty-two percent of U.S. adults, or 35% of cell phone owners, bank using their mobile phones. These findings are based...

72 Percent of Online Adults Use Social Networking

The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project has been studying online adults’ social networking site use since 2005, and has seen substantial growth since then. Today, 72%...

The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing

A survey of 2,462 Advanced Placement (AP) and National Writing Project (NWP) teachers finds that digital technologies are shaping student writing in myriad ways and have also become helpful tools...

USDA Seeks Applications to Finance Rural Broadband in Remote Areas

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that applications are being accepted for grants to finance broadband deployment in remote, rural areas. The United States Department of Agriculture...

What Do Young People Need To Stay In Rural America?

Rural communities are losing the next generation. How can we retain young people in rural America? I recently read an article on the Financial Times (FT) website that discussed the decline in...

NTIA Report Explores How and Why People Connect to the Internet

In a new report released today, Exploring the Digital Nation: America’s Emerging Online Experience, NTIA examines how Americans connect to the Internet and what Americans do once they get...

Closing the Broadband Gap for Students and Teachers

President Obama and Secretary Duncan launched the ConnectED initiative—a call to connect 99 percent of schools across the country to broadband Internet within five years. The President...

Teens, Social Media, and Privacy

Teens are sharing more information about themselves on social media sites than they have in the past, but they are also taking a variety of technical and non-technical steps to manage the privacy...

NTIA Explores Broadband Availability in New Report Series

Today, NTIA is pleased to introduce a new set of reports, the Broadband Briefs series, that use publicly available data collected by the U.S. Department of Commerce to examine broadband...

Parents Value Libraries' Digital Technologies and Programs

According to new survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, parents see libraries as very important community resources. Libraries’ digital books and...

Online Habits Coming Slowly to Older Adults

Older adults hit a digital milestone last year: For the first time since the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project began conducting surveys, a majority (53 percent) of...

Digital Public Library of America Open Access to Resources

A new platform will aggregate digital resources from libraries and museums across the United States. The Digital Public Library of America will launch a new website on Thursday, April 18, and...

Senate Approves Amendment; Broadband to Rural Areas

U.S. Senators Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) and Al Franken (D-Minn.) announced that, early this morning, the United States Senate approved a bipartisan amendment they introduced to promote investment in...

Teens and Technology 2013

Smartphone adoption among American teens has increased substantially and mobile access to the internet is pervasive. One in four teens are “cell-mostly” internet users, who say they...

Farmers growing comfortable with mobile devices

More U.S. farmers and ranchers are using smart phones or other mobile devices to increase efficiency and generate higher profits. For Zach Hunnicutt, a fifth-generation Nebraska farmer, the...

Strong passords and other security tips

Rarely does a week go by without news of another hacking incident, whether it's Chinese hackers accused of breaking in to The New York Times' computer systems or Burger King finding its Twitter...

How Teachers Are Using Technology at Home and in Their Classrooms

A survey of teachers who instruct American middle and secondary school students finds that digital technologies have become central to their teaching and professionalization. At the same time, the...

Protecting Your Personal Information

When it comes to cyber attacks, size doesn’t matter. Tech giant Apple admitted Tuesday it was hacked by the same group that hit social-networking monster Facebook in January, and Burger King...

In-store Mobile Commerce During the 2012 Holiday Shopping Season

Nearly six in ten cell owners used their phone inside a physical store for assistance or guidance on a purchasing decision this holiday season. In the 30 days preceding our early January 2013...

Tracking for Health

Seven in ten (69%) U.S. adults track a health indicator for themselves or a loved one and many say this activity has changed their overall approach to health, according to a new survey by the Pew...

FCC pushes for gigabit broadband in all 50 states by 2015

The Federal Communications Commission's chairman, Julius Genachowski, wants to see gigabit speed broadband services in all 50 states by 2015. At a meeting of U.S. mayors in Washington, D.C.,...

Broadband Transforms Rural Health Care

In 2006, the FCC established the Rural Health Care Pilot Program to encourage health care providers that serve rural communities – including some urban hub sites – to develop and use...

How Teens Do Research in the Digital World

The teachers who instruct the most advanced American secondary school students render mixed verdicts about students’ research habits and the impact of technology on their studies. Some 77%...

How people get local news and information in different communities

From large urban areas to rural communities, Americans often report similarly high levels of interest in news. Still, a national survey shows that community differences emerge in the number and...

Will Affordable Care Act Help Telehealth Flourish?

Opportunity is knocking for telehealth to become a common method of practicing medicine in the U.S. One-on-one Web-based video chats and other electronic consultation between doctors and patients...

FirstNet to Create Nationwide Broadband Network to Improve Public Safety

Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank Announces Board of Directors for the First Responder Network Authority FirstNet to Create Nationwide Broadband Network to Improve Public Safety In...

19 million Americans still go without broadband

Access to fast Internet is spreading in the U.S., but about 19 million Americans can't get it, according to a new government report out Tuesday. The report by the Federal Communications...

Mobile Phone Problems

Even though mobile technology often simplifies the completion of everyday tasks, cell phone owners can also encounter technical glitches and unwanted intrusions on their phones. In an April 2012...

The Future of Higher Education

A majority of technology stakeholders polled in a Web-based survey anticipate that higher education in 2020 will be quite different from the way it is today. They said university-level education...

The Future of Big Data

Big Data: Experts say new forms of information analysis will help people be more nimble and adaptive, but worry over humans’ capacity to understand and use these new tools well. Tech...

The Rise of the "Connected Viewer"

Half of all adult cell phone owners now incorporate their mobile devices into their television watching experiences. These “connected viewers” used their cell phones for a wide range...

Family Caregivers Online

Thirty percent of U.S. adults help a loved one with personal needs or household chores, managing finances, arranging for outside services, or visiting regularly to see how they are doing. Most are...

Digital Usage Billing

From:  Digital Citizen Pulse, by Ulf Wolf There is no such thing as a free lunch. Someone has to prepare and cook it, and someone has to pay for the ingredients. That someone is now...

Cell Internet Use 2012

17% of cell phone owners do most of their online browsing on their phone, rather than a computer or other device. Most do so for convenience, but for some their phone is their only option for...

BROADBAND REPORT IDENTIFIES RIGHT CHALLENGES, COMMISSIONERS SAY

Current and former FCC Commissioners today hailed a report focused on broadband adoption by African Americans, saying the document shows that the agency’s efforts to promote broadband...

Building Digital Communities

Building Digital Communities --New Resources to Help Communities Bridge the Digital Divide  

FCC launches competition

FCC launches competition to increase Broadband adoption The Federal Communications Commission is launching a competition to discover the best ways to increase broadband adoption rates among...

The Future of Apps and Web

The Future of Apps and Web --The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project

Benton Foundation Discusses Lifeline Reform with FCC

Benton Foundation Discusses Lifeline Reform with FCC The Benton Foundation held a teleconference with Wireline Competition Bureau staff on April 4, 2012, to urge the Commission to consider...

Rural Nebraska Healthcare Network

Rural Nebraska Healthcare Network The Rural Nebraska Healthcare Network is highlighted in Broadband Properties Magazine. The unique partnership is described as a win-win and other states are...

Digital Differences

Digital Differences When the Pew Internet Project first began writing about the role of the internet in American life in 2000, there were stark differences between those who were using the...

Entrepreneurs Can Save Big Money With Broadband Service

Entrepreneurs Can Save Big Money With Broadband Service Business start-ups can save significant money working from home with a Broadband connection.

Exploring the Digital Nation - Computer and Internet Use at Home

Exploring the Digital Nation - Computer and Internet Use at Home New findings on computer and Internet use explain differences in adoption between demographic and geographic groups.

Nearly half of American Adults are Smartphone Owners

Nearly half of American Adults are Smartphone Owners Use of Smartphones increases significantly and rapidly.  

Broadband Adoption in Low-Income Communities

Broadband Adoption in Low-Income Communities A Social Science Research Council report analyzes factors shaping low rate of adoption in low income communities.  

Broadband Adoption and Use in America - FCC Omnibus Broadband Initiative

Broadband Adoption and Use in America - FCC Omnibus Broadband Initiative FCC survey finds that two-thirds of American adults use high-speed Internet connections.  

AU's Investigative Reporting Workshop: Broadband Adoption Map

AU's Investigative Reporting Workshop: Broadband Adoption Map Broadband subscribership increased in the West and rural Midwest, but lags in South.