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RSS Feeds

How to Use RSS Feeds

What is an RSS feed?
An RSS feed is a stream of information that can be delivered conveniently and automatically through a simple application. RSS (Really Simple Syndication) information is transferred as XML code. Subscribing to an RSS feed is an easy way to keep up with news and information that's important to you, without having to browse or search for information on websites.

What is an RSS reader?
An RSS reader is a piece of software that collects and displays an RSS feed's XML information in a form that people can read. RSS readers allow users to manage and organize their feed subscriptions in a central location.

Where can I get an RSS reader?
Some browsers have built-in RSS readers. If you are using a browser that doesn't currently support RSS, an online search will quickly produce a range of options. Most RSS Readers are free to download and use.

How do I use RSS Feeds?
The process of adding an RSS feed differs slightly from one RSS reader to the next. Follow the steps below to add a new feed (also referred to as a "channel") to your RSS reader:

  1. Choose an RSS reader.
  2. Click on the link for the feed you want to add -- for example, "Subscribe to Broadband Equity Access and Deployment Program" (You will see a page displaying XML code.)
  3. From your web browser's address bar, copy the URL (web address).
  4. Paste that URL into the "Add New Channel" section of the RSS reader. The RSS feed will start to display and regularly update the headlines for you.