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Five Macro Trends that Benefit from Broadband Investment

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By Howard Baldwin, Contributing Columnist

Much of the recent business and economic news has been uncertain, regarding the outlook for renewed growth. But I’ve been thinking positively about the upside opportunities for progress.

Let me indulge in a bit of crystal-ball gazing. The telecommunications industry spends a lot of time focusing on deploying broadband for current applications. It doesn’t take a lot of imagination to see that there are at least a handful of macroeconomic trends that are either going to boost broadband adoption — or wither because there isn’t enough broadband available.

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U.S. Broadband Deployment: Where the FCC Should Focus

By Howard Baldwin, Contributing Columnist

At a time in the United States when political opinions seem to fly to the extremes, with no middle ground, it’s no surprise that the FCC’s recent report on broadband deployment evokes a similarly polarized reaction.

Of the five commissioners who authored the report, three (including chairman Julius Genachowski) seem to believe that 95% penetration of fixed broadband by any technology (see graphic) is cause for alarm, citing the lack of broadband in rural areas and tribal lands. Two of the three commissioners filed dissents to the conclusions of the report.

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Why Rural Broadband Access Matters

By Howard Baldwin, Contributing Columnist

Countries blessed and cursed with wide-open spaces continue to wrestle with the question of how to serve rural areas with broadband infrastructure. In Australia, naysayers question the viability of its National Broadband Network.

In the United States, the stimulus package included some $3.5 billion for rural development, but based on progress reports from officials at the Department of Agriculture, the broadband deployment only addressed a small portion of the demand.

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Cisco Honored with Secretary of State’s 2010 Award for Corporate Excellence

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton presented Cisco along with Denimatrix and Mars, Inc., with the 12th annual Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE). The ACE is given to U.S. businesses that exhibit good corporate citizenship, promote innovation, and advance democratic principles around the world. Cisco received the prestigious ACE for helping to connect the Israeli and Palestinian economies and people, and engaging in several partnerships and initiatives to enhance technical capacity, connectivity, education, and opportunities for women and youth in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza.

Secretary Clinton invited Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers “to accept this ACE Award for your efforts to create jobs, improve lives, and lay the groundwork for lasting peace.”

Watch the ACE 2010 ceremony

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton presents Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers with the 2010 ACE

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Cisco Honored with Secretary of State’s 2010 Award for Corporate Excellence

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton presented Cisco along with Denimatrix and Mars, Inc., with the 12th annual Award for Watch the ACE 2010 ceremonyCorporate Excellence (ACE).  The ACE is given to U.S. businesses that exhibit good corporate citizenship, promote innovation, and advance democratic principles around the world.  Cisco received the prestigious ACE for helping to connect the Israeli and Palestinian economies and people, and engaging in several partnerships and initiatives to enhance technical capacity, connectivity, education, and opportunities for women and youth in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza.

Secretary Clinton invited Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers “to accept this ACE Award for your efforts to create jobs, improve lives, and lay the groundwork for lasting peace.”

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