If you're not part of a coalition in the age of broadband stimulus, you're nobody. The latest coalition to push for better broadband access is the Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition. Made up of--wait for it--28 schools, libraries and health-care providers (and Microsoft), the SHLB says these groups need between 100 Mbps and 1 Gbps.
The group is coordinated by John Windhausen, who once headed the CLEC group the Association for Local Telecommunications Services and worked for the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee. The SHLB is not intending to apply for a broadband stimulus grant, but is looking to raise awareness of the broadband need among its member agencies as other companies and firms win those grants and decide how to spend them.
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Civil rights groups have formed their own broadband coalition