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New Administration Report: Exports Helping to Support Jobs, Grow Small Businesses Across America

April 14, 2015 Comments off

New Administration Report: Exports Helping to Support Jobs, Grow Small Businesses Across America
Source: U.S. Department of Commerce

U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and United States Trade Representative Michael Froman today released a new report that shows that the number of jobs supported by goods exports continues to rise in states across the country. The report also includes individual success stories, in all 50 states, of small and medium sized businesses that are using exports to expand their businesses and support well-paying American jobs.

Broadband Infrastructure Case Studies Released – How Broadband Changes the Game

April 14, 2015 Comments off

Broadband Infrastructure Case Studies Released – How Broadband Changes the Game
Source: National Telecommunications & Information Administration

Over the past five years through our national broadband grant program, NTIA has seen first-hand the economic and societal impact that broadband has on communities across the country. At the Broadband Communities conference in Austin, Texas this week, NTIA’s BroadbandUSA team will share our plans to leverage that expertise by providing communities with technical assistance and field-tested ideas. I will be speaking along with my NTIA colleagues Doug Kinkoph and Anne Neville.

An important component of our on-going work with communities is to build on the lessons learned from an independent evaluation of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) to make sound decisions going forward. In 2010 NTIA hired ASR Analytics, LLC to conduct a comprehensive study on the societal and economic impacts of the program. In advance of the Broadband Communities conference, NTIA is today releasing the final case studies from the evaluation. The principal author of the study, Dr. Stephen Rhody, will present and discuss the findings.

The reports released today are the final ASR case studies focusing on 12 of the 109 Comprehensive Community Infrastructure (CCI) projects NTIA funded through BTOP to build middle-mile networks in 45 states and U.S. territories. These grantees deployed more than 113,000 miles of fiber across the country. In the process, they connected or upgraded 25,300 community anchor institutions and signed more than 860 interconnection agreements with local service providers.

Earlier, NTIA released ASR’s overall impact study, which found that on average, in only two years, BTOP grant communities experienced an estimated two percent greater growth in broadband availability than non-grant communities. That growth is estimated to generate increased annual economic activity of between $5.17 billion and $21 billion. The additional broadband infrastructure could also be expected to create more than 22,000 long-term jobs and generate more than $1 billion in additional household income each year. And community anchor institutions, like schools and libraries, served by BTOP infrastructure grantees in the sample experienced significantly increased speeds and lower costs.

While these numbers are impressive, the value of the projects is yet to be fully realized. Their impact will be seen in how education, health care and economic development are changing on the ground in the communities served by the grants. Students have faster, lower cost connections to broadband for online learning. Businesses are expanding their operations and markets. Medical specialists treat more people in less time, remotely.

The case studies reflect a representative sample of CCI projects, taking into account the wide diversity of grantee types, technologies, partnerships, project sizes, geography, and target customers. Project selection also considered construction schedules, so that projects could demonstrate results within the study’s time frame. To prepare the cases, ASR conducted more than a hundred interviews with grantees, partners, and network users, logging thousands of miles to visit the connected communities.

Facts for Features — Earth Day: April 22, 2015

April 10, 2015 Comments off

Facts for Features — Earth Day: April 22, 2015
Source: U.S. Census Bureau

April 22, 2015, marks the 45th anniversary of Earth Day ― a day intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s natural environment. The day came from reaction to a massive oil spill in waters near Santa Barbara, Calif., in 1969. In honor of Earth Day ― and Earth Week (April 16-22) ― this edition of Profile America Facts for Features includes examples of Census Bureau statistics pertaining to energy and the environment.

Census Bureau Report Examines Population Changes in U.S. Island Areas Over Last Decade

April 9, 2015 Comments off

Census Bureau Report Examines Population Changes in U.S. Island Areas Over Last Decade
Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Among U.S. Island Areas, only the U.S. Virgin Islands had a higher median age than the U.S. mainland at 39.2 years in 2010. A new report, Recent Population Trends for the U.S. Island Areas: 2000 to 2010, examines demographic trends, such as median age, for American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

American Samoa’s median age of 22.4 years was nearly 17 years younger than the Virgin Islands and about 15 years younger than the U.S. median age of 37.2 years. Additionally, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands also had younger median ages at 29.5 and 33.4 years, respectively. This pattern of median ages among the Island Areas reflects their different migration and fertility rate histories.

Census Bureau Releases Updated Tables on Fertility

April 8, 2015 Comments off

Census Bureau Releases Updated Tables on Fertility
Source: U.S. Census Bureau

The U.S. Census Bureau released new tables and figures today using the 2014 Current Population Survey’s Fertility Supplement, which includes fertility and relationship data for women age 15 to 50. The tables include information on children ever born, rates of childlessness, and relationship status at first birth for women with selected demographic characteristics. In addition, the tables and figures show historical trends in fertility.

Highlights include:

  • Just under 60 percent of the roughly 75 million women age 15 to 50 in 2014 were mothers and had given birth to about 95 million children.
  • About one in five women whose first birth occurred between January 2000 and June 2014 were cohabiting at the time of that first birth.
  • Women age 40 to 50 in 2014 who were in managerial or professional occupations were more likely to be childless than women of similar age in other occupations.
  • The number of women age 40 to 44 who had only one child roughly doubled between 1976 and 2014.
  • The percent of women who were 44 to 50 and childless is not different from the percent of women who were 40 to 44 and childless, suggesting that women who are childless at age 40 are unlikely to give birth later.
  • Among women age 20 to 50, those in the Northeast had fewer children per 1,000 women than did those in the South, Midwest or West.

U.S. Commerce Department Announces Digital Millennium Copyright Act Multistakeholder Forum Results

April 8, 2015 Comments off

U.S. Commerce Department Announces Digital Millennium Copyright Act Multistakeholder Forum Results
Source: U.S. Department of Commerce

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force, through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), today released a document developed by stakeholders containing a set of agreed upon practices aimed at improving the operation of the notice and takedown system under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

The document known as DMCA Notice-and-Takedown Processes: List of Good, Bad and Situational Practices was developed by the participants in the multistakeholder forum established as a result of the Commerce Department’s Green Paper on Copyright Policy, Creativity, and Innovation in the Digital Economy, released in 2013. The document identifies a number of “good”, “bad” and “situational” practices to improve the efficiency of the handling and processing of DMCA notices by both senders and recipients.

The goal of the multistakeholder forum was to identify best practices and/or produce voluntary agreements for improving the operation of the DMCA notice and takedown system without the need for legislative change.

A broad range of issues were considered and discussed intensively over the course of the process, with the participants ultimately reaching consensus on those practices addressed in the final document.

The DMCA Notice-and-Takedown Processes: List of Good, Bad and Situational Practices can be found on the USPTO’s website and on NTIA’s website.

2012 Economic Census Geographic Area Series: First Release of Local Data for Five Sectors

April 7, 2015 Comments off

2012 Economic Census Geographic Area Series: First Release of Local Data for Five Sectors
Source: U.S. Census Bureau

This is a series of state-, county-, place- and metro area-level data files providing statistics on the number of establishments, receipts or revenue, payroll, number of employees and other items by industry. The first data were released today for the following sectors. Statistics for the other states and geographic entities within them for these sectors will be released on a flow basis over the coming months.

Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation — Includes statistics for performing arts, spectator sports, museums, and gambling and recreation industries. Covers Colorado and Hawaii and geographic areas therein only.

Construction — Includes data for heavy and civil engineering construction and specialty trade contractors. This release covers all states and the District of Columbia. For this sector, data files are available at the state-level only.

Information — Includes statistics for the publishing industries, including software publishing, and both traditional publishing and publishing exclusively on the Internet; the motion picture and sound recording industries; the broadcasting industries, including traditional broadcasting and those broadcasting exclusively over the Internet; the telecommunications industries; Web search portals, data processing industries, and the information services industries. Covers Colorado and Hawaii and geographic areas therein only.

Other Services (Except Public Administration) — Includes statistics for equipment and machinery repairing, promoting or administering religious activities, grantmaking, advocacy, and providing drycleaning and laundry services, personal care services, death care services, pet care services, photofinishing services, temporary parking services, and dating services. Covers Colorado and geographic areas therein only.

Professional, Scientific and Technical Services — With Tax Day approaching, this data includes statistics for accounting and tax preparation, legal services, computer systems design, and advertising and public relations services. Covers Colorado and Hawaii and geographic areas therein only.

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