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FOX Power Play Casts Shadow on NBCU/Comcast Merger

Hulu, the popular online content-streaming service, was recently the battleground for a Fox ISP-blocking scheme that cut off content to Cablevision subscribers. Though access was reinstated a few hours later, the act illustrated Fox's and other content provider's ability to easily limit access to their content on the web. Read More »

GAO Outlines Broadband Initiatives Worldwide

A recent report that examined efforts to expand broadband access internationally can help determine pathways to improve the United States' own broadband initiatives. Published by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), the report analyzed specific policy goals and their implementation in seven countries. Read More »

One Economy 10th Anniversary Highlights FCC Broadband Efforts

One Economy, a technology non-profit seeking to expand economic opportunity for Americans through increased Internet connectivity, and a Speed Matters partner, recently celebrated its 10th Anniversary. With a large network of partnerships, One Economy has brought computers and broadband to people who can't afford them, connected entire communities, and demonstrated how technology adoption can economically reinvigorate America. Read More »

Consumer Group Voices Concern Over Comcast/NBCU Merger

The proposed merger of Comcast and NBCU could have a far-reaching impact on the competitiveness of Internet video content, according to the Consumer Federation of America. Read More »

Is The FCC Losing Sight of the Broadband Target?

David Honig, of the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC), recently wrote a critique of the FCC's broadband agenda in an editorial on the Broadband and Social Justice homepage. Honig notes, "Several members of Congress, led by House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman, recently negotiated a bill that would have provided the FCC and stakeholders throughout the broadband sector with certainty regarding the regulatory approach to broadband. Unfortunately, the bill was not introduced before adjournment because of unreasonable demands from the right and left--which seems to have become standard procedure this year." Read More »

Speed Matters Economist Ken Peres Discusses Broadband Adoption and Availability

Last week, BroadbandTV.com hosted a panel of broadband experts for a show entitled "Spurring Broadband Adoption and Use." The program included an interview of FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn and a panel that included CWA's own economist, Dr. Kenneth Peres. Read More »

Accessibility Act Signed Into Law

On Thursday, President Obama signed The 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (S.3304) into law, updating existing disability legislation to accommodate the Internet and new technologies. Read More »

CWA Files Comments with the FCC on Preserving an Open Internet

This week, The Communications Workers of America filed formal comments with the FCC in response to the latest request for information on preserving an open Internet. CWA believes that a strong consensus has emerged in support of a middle-ground approach to protect an open Internet that ensures free expression, while at the same time preserves adequate incentives to promote job-creating investment and innovation in broadband networks, applications, and content. Read More »

Demand for high speed Internet is growing across the world

In the UK, BT launched a 'Race to Infinity," designed to gauge public demand for high-speed fiber broadband by mapping local support across regional exchanges. BT plans to provide access to the five highest demand areas by 2012 and continue to deploy fiber after 2012 in communities with significant demand on the 'hot spot' map. Read More »

FCC Commissioner Says USF Reform to Begin This Year

FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn told an audience of telecom policy researchers that she expects the commission will launch its reform of the Universal Service Fund (USF) this year. Read More »

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