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Telecom workers, supporters rally at FCC against proposed sale of Verizon landlines to Frontier

With over 150 supporters chanting, "No more corporate greed…We need high speed!" nearly 50 Communications Workers of America members who work for Verizon in West Virginia marched into the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in Washington on April 1 to voice their concerns about the potential sale of their state's telephone lines to much smaller Frontier Communications.

Verizon Communications is selling its landlines in West Virginia and 13 other states using a tax free loophole. Similar deals by Verizon in other states have resulted in bankruptcy, lost jobs, unmet broadband promises and poor service. Read More »

U.S. House closes RMT tax loophole, hands CWA major victory

The U.S. House of Representatives recently gave CWA a major victory by closing a tax loophole that allowed giant companies like Verizon to avoid federal taxes. Most notably, Verizon used the Reverse Morris Tax (RMT) loophole when it sold its northern New England landline operations to FairPoint Communications last year. Read More »

One-third of Americans access broadband Internet at public libraries

Nearly one-third of Americans age 14 or older used a public library computer or wireless network to access high-speed Internet in the past year, according to a report produced by the University of Washington Information School. Read More »

Alliance for Digital Equality moving forward in 2010

The Alliance for Digital Equality has appointed former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin as Senior Adviser and announced a Digital Empowerment Summit which will be held in Newark, NJ on April 23. Read More »

Internet and E-Commerce Experienced Massive Growth

More than 80 million dot-coms and 200 million Web sites have been registered since 1985, according to a report from Speedmatters' partner the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. Read More »

Commerce Dept. Funds Internet Training Programs in California, New York

The Commerce Department has announced broadband investments totaling more than $29 million for the nation's two largest cities, Los Angeles and New York. The grants target computer-training programs and will allow more than 30,000 low-income students and their families online access to educational, employment, and health information. Read More »

President Obama on National Broadband Plan

President Barack Obama commended the FCC on its release of the National Broadband Plan and its framework for providing universal high-speed Internet and expanding technological opportunity in low-income communities. Read More »

CWA applauds FCC

The Communications Workers of America issued a statement in support of the National Broadband Plan's goals of providing universal high-speed Internet and a renewed focus on digital literacy. Many other public interest organizations also came out in support of the FCC's plan. Read More »

FCC Broadband Plan will help the U.S. regain its standing in Internet age

Communications Workers of America (CWA) President Larry Cohen commended the FCC's National Broadband Plan for providing a "good roadmap of the 21st Century broadband networks our nation needs for economic growth." In his statement, Cohen noted that the plan addresses the need for higher speeds and accessibility, which are goals that CWA has been pursuing through the Speed Matters program. Read More »

Senators air concerns over proposed NBC Universal - Comcast merger

Senate lawmakers recently pressed both the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice on the proposed merger between NBC Universal and cable television giant Comcast. Read More »

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