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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 »

Sen. Franken Airs Concerns About Comcast-NBCU Merger

Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) questioned assistant attorney general for antitrust Christine Varney on the Justice Department’s review of the proposed Comcast-NBCU merger in a Senate Antitrust Subcommittee hearing on June 9. Read More »

U.S. Lags OECD Peers in Key Broadband Indicators

New OECD data shows the U.S. continues to trail many of its industrialized peers in most indicators of broadband penetration, coverage and service. Read More »

Pew: Internet Video Viewership Reaches Record Levels

A poll of American online viewership habits from the Pew Internet & American Life Project found that seven in ten Internet users have watched or downloaded online video. Read More »

Affordable Rural Broadband is Necessary to Extend Digital Healthcare Access

The New York Times recently profiled NuPhysicia, a start-up company that instantly connects doctors and patients around the world via face-to-face telemedicine, or e-care. Read More »

NTIA Announces Second Round of State Broadband Grants

The NTIA has invited states to apply for the second round of State Broadband Data and Development grants. Read More »

CWA: Proposed Comcast-NBCU Merger Will Harm Workers, Consumers

As proposed, the Comcast-NBCU merger would lead to job cuts, aggravate the already anti-competitive behavior of the cable industry and restrict consumer access to the online video content of their choice, a senior official with the Communications Workers of America testified today. Read More »

FCC Seeks Public Comment on Media Ownership Rules

The FCC is soliciting public comments as part of a Congressionally mandated review of media ownership rules. As a result of the recent wave of media consolidation and the explosion of cross-platform products, the Communications Workers of America firmly supports strong rules that apply industry-wide. Read More »

Congress Urges Limits as FCC Ramp Up Comcast-NBC Deal Review

Sen. Herb Kohl, (D-WI) Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights, told the Department of Justice and the FCC to enforce eleven conditions on Comcast's pending merger with NBC Universal, citing the merger's potential to increase prices and limit content diversity across several media platforms. Read More »

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