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FCC: Schools still boast slow Web connections

A report released by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Wednesday showed 80 percent of survey respondents who receive funding through the E-rate program said their broadband connections do not fully meet their needs.

Why they're not satisfied: More than half most said their connections are too slow; more than a third said getting online is too expensive. The E-rate program, directed by the FCC, provides $2.25 billion annually to educational institutions to help them pay for telecom services.

Facebook reaches agreement with state governments

Facebook announced an agreement with the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) that will allow state governments to take advantage of the social networking site in the same manner as federal agencies.

The move mirrors a similar agreement between Facebook and the General Services Administration in 2009 that led to a surge in federal agencies on Facebook.

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Former FCC chairman Kevin Martin joined the board of AirWalk Communications.

Apple opened its new app store for Mac users to download software.

House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) keeps his streak of attending every CES since 1982.

Verizon is lobbying Congress to overhaul the 1996 Telecommunications Act.

LinkedIn is reportedly planning an IPO for 2011.

Rep. Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzOversight panel demands answers on Pentagon waste report Chaffetz: Congress will ‘absolutely’ look at 5B in waste at Pentagon Clinton opponents vow to continue their pursuit MORE (R-Utah) wants to limit full-body screening at airports.


The online video service Boxee said Thursday at CES that it will begin selling episodes of CBS series later in the year, the first content deal between Boxee and a major television network. Boxee among several companies looking to integrate TV and the Web; competitors include Google TV, Apple TV, Hulu and on-demand video offerings from cable and satellite providers.