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FCC: Cost a major barrier to universal broadband adoption

Why does America resist high-speed Internet? A new FCC survey suggests that one of the main reasons is: It’s too expensive. Read More »

CWA Offers Unqualified Support To Expansion Of Broadband Availability

Communications Workers of America President Larry Cohen today supported President Obama's signing of a presidential memorandum seeking to make more wireless spectrum available for commercial use. Read More »

How to Reform Universal Service Fund to Support Broadband

Speed Matters has long supported reform of the Universal Service Fund (USF) to promote broadband build-out and affordability. The FCC's National Broadband Plan highlights a transition plan to move USF support from telephony to broadband. Members of Congress, FCC Commissioners, service providers, and consumer advocates all agree. So the question is no longer whether to shift USF subsidies to support broadband deployment and adoption, but how. Read More »

Utilities and Telecoms to Examine Smart Grid Feasibility

Resolving how energy data flows, whether through broadband, telecommunications and the public Internet or on narrowband and private networks owned by public utilities, is a glaring obstacle to smart grid infrastructure in the United States. Read More »

West Virginia Implements Statewide Fiber Optic Broadband Network

An ambitious project to create a statewide fiber optic broadband network in West Virginia is underway. The statewide fiber broadband network will connect critical anchor institutions, including hospitals, public schools, libraries and fire and police departments across the state. Read More »

Pew: States are Critical to Broadband Expansion

Pew’s recently released study, Bringing America Up to Speed: States' Role in Expanding Broadband, finds that states play a pivotal role in expanding broadband access across America. Read More »

Wisconsin Set to Deploy Broadband Stimulus Funding

Wisconsin will soon begin rolling out fiber optic broadband connections to hundreds of schools and libraries across the state. Over 390 law enforcement agencies, 300 fire departments, and 119 hospitals could also potentially connect to the fiber network. Read More »

CWA: Comcast-NBCU Must Prove Merger is in Public Interest

The Communications Workers of America called on the Federal Communications Commission to deny the application of Comcast Corporation and NBCU parent General Electric Company, or impose conditions that will protect the public interest. Comcast and NBCU are looking to "combine the nation’s largest cable and Internet distribution company with the nation’s leading newsroom and production company." This merger would create a media conglomerate that "would have a significant anti-competitive impact," affecting consumers as well as growth of the video marketplace and other innovation, CWA said in its filing. Read More »

Civil Rights, Labor and Environmental leaders join call urging Congress to clarify FCC’s authority

Leaders representing eight national civil rights, labor, and environmental organizations urged Congress to act quickly to clarify the FCC’s authority to protect an Open Internet and apply Universal Service funding to broadband. Their letter to Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Chairman John D. Rockefeller and House Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry A. Waxman follows statements by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski which welcomed legislative action by Congress. Read More »

Why the FCC’s authority over broadband must be clarified by Congress

It is with a tremendous sense of urgency that CWA joins with our brothers and sisters in the labor, environmental and civil rights movements to urge Congress to act quickly to clarify the FCC’s authority to protect an Open Internet and apply Universal Service Funding to broadband. At this critical juncture, creating our high-speed networks for the 21st Century are as critical to commerce as expanding roadways, electric service and telephone lines were to the 20th Century.

The decision by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in the Comcast case has put into question the FCC’s legal authority to protect an open Internet and accelerate broadband deployment and adoption. We need Congress to quickly resolve this question because any other path would lead to years of litigation and regulatory uncertainty that will reduce broadband investment and industry jobs. Read More »

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