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CWA and IBEW caution Congress on Verizon-Frontier Deal

Last month, Communications Workers of America President Larry Cohen and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers President Ed Hill sent a letter to Congress to raise awareness of a tax loophole being used in the Verizon-Frontier Deal. The obscure corporate loophole - known as the "Reverse Morris Trust" was used in a similar deal that Verizon made with FairPoint Communications in 2007. The New England based company recently filed for bankruptcy after months of legal problems and complaints of poor customer service. Read More »

Broadband Affordability Act provides opportunity

Representative Doris O. Matsui (CA-05) has introduced the Broadband Affordability Act (H.R. 3646) in Congress. The Act is being considered by the House Energy and Commerce Committee. This bill would create a program to help low-income Americans in rural and urban areas subscribe to broadband, providing an essential link to educational, health, and job opportunities -- and much more. Read More »

FairPoint files for Chapter 11 - a sign of things to come?

FairPoint, the company that acquired Verizon's land lines in New England in 2008, filed for bankruptcy on October 26. This news comes as Verizon is seeking approval to sell 4.8 million landlines to Frontier Communications in 14 states. Read More »

Broadband and telemedicine can save lives

USDA Rural Development and Cooperstown-based Bassett Healthcare joined forces to demonstrate the life saving capabilities of broadband and medical technologies, on Oct. 27. The event celebrated USDA's 60th Anniversary of its Telecommunications Program. Read More »

Announcement of first round broadband funding awards delayed

The announcement of the winning applicants for the first round of broadband stimulus funds has been pushed back to December. Read More »

Report to FCC details barriers to broadband adoption

New York Law School's Advanced Communications Law & Policy Institute (ACLP) released a report to the FCC explaining the barriers to widespread broadband adoption among six focus areas: senior citizens, people with disabilities, telemedicine, energy, education and government. Read More »

Who will get broadband stimulus funds?

With $7.2 billion in broadband funds from the stimulus, and over 2,200 applicants requesting over $28 billion, the question remains: to whom will the funding be awarded? Read More »

Verizon-Frontier lobby day in West Virginia has strong impact

On October 14, members of the Communications Workers of America and community supporters flooded Charleston to talk to their state representatives. The topic: the proposed sale of Verizon’s landlines to Frontier Communications, and its impact on West Virginia’s economic development. About 75 CWA members who work for Verizon or Frontier participated. Union members asked their state representatives to write to the Public Service Commission (PSC) to oppose the sale. Read More »

Broadband Opportunity Coalition letter calls for balanced regulation

In a letter to the FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, members of the Broadband Opportunity Coalition (BBOC) - a group that includes the Urban League, the League of United Latin American Citizens, The Asian American Justice Center, and National Council of La Raza - urged the FCC to make sure that proposed net neutrality regulations are consistent with efforts to bridge the digital divide. Read More »

$10 Billion could provide fiber to all all US Schools, hospitals

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation estimates that an investment of $10 billion could run fiber to nearly every community across the country. The ambitious expansion of broadband infrastructure to over 123,000 "anchor institutions" - public schools, hospitals, community colleges, libraries - would also make it easier to provide Internet access to nearby homes and businesses:. Read More »

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