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2011-07-14 14:15:00

New Ads, Social Media Effort to Educate Public and Congress about Harmful Rules Currently Under Consideration WASHINGTON, July 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, a group of rural telecom associations, comprised of the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA), the Organization for the Promotion and Advancement of Small Telecommunications Companies (OPASTCO) and the Western Telecommunications Alliance (WTA), were joined by U.S. Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) and U.S. Rep....

2011-06-16 08:41:00

NEWARK, N.J., June 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- PSE&G wants customers to know that a new TRUE grant, as well as several other payment assistance programs, are available to help customers pay utility bills. The Temporarily Relief for Utility Expenses (TRUE) Program, approved by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities earlier this year, is a one-time benefit for New Jersey residents struggling to pay electric and natural gas bills who are not eligible for low income programs. The...

2011-06-02 09:10:00

SAGINAW, Mich., June 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- MiCTA, a national non-profit cooperative purchasing organization, has selected eRate 360 Solutions to provide E-Rate consulting services to its eligible members. Using MiCTA's Master Service Agreement (MSA), E-Rate-eligible members may purchase consulting services related to the Universal Service Fund's E-Rate program at a significant discount. "MiCTA is pleased to be able to offer E-Rate consulting services to its members through eRate 360...

2011-04-19 08:11:00

HIAWATHA, Iowa, April 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Ready Wireless, LLC announces new partnerships with multiple wireless Lifeline providers enabling over two million program beneficiaries to purchase additional airtime when monthly benefit minutes are depleted. Dozens of U.S. companies offer mobile telephones and service at reduced or no cost to eligible beneficiaries through the federal Lifeline program of the Universal Service Fund (USF). Until now, many beneficiaries of the Lifeline...

2011-04-11 12:42:00

NEWARK, N.J., April 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- PSE&G is reminding customers still struggling to pay winter heating bills that they have only until May 2 to apply for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Those who have already received LIHEAP this winter season may also be eligible for additional LIHEAP emergency assistance. "We know there are many families who still are not aware of the Low Income Heating Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and the additional Emergency LIHEAP...

2011-03-30 00:00:28

Federal program offers affordable phone service to keep people connected Madison, Wis. (Vocus/PRWEB) March 28, 2011 Do you know someone who can't afford basic phone service or is thinking about cutting the cord to save money? Help is available through Lifeline and Link-Up. These programs have been available for many years from participating local phone companies, including TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS®). The Lifeline program provides discounts on monthly phone service for...

2011-03-03 15:02:00

WASHINGTON, March 3, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Nearly a year after the issuance of the National Broadband Plan (NBP), the plan's lead architect told a policy gathering on Wednesday that the Federal Communications Commission did not take the right approach to increasing broadband adoption among low-income households, and that it should be changed. Blair Levin, who was Executive Director of the Omnibus Broadband Initiative at the FCC during the NBP's formulation and now serves as...

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2011-02-18 06:15:00

According to a national broadband map released by the U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in cooperation with the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), as many as one in ten Americans do not have Internet connections that are fast enough for online activities such as watching videos or teleconferencing, and 65 percent of schools have broadband connections that are too slow to meet their needs. The national broadband map, which shows what types of...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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