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Teamsters Strongly Support the AT&T and T-Mobile USA Merger

Union groups across the country are rallying support for the proposed merger of AT&T and T-Mobile USA. The merger will expand high-speed wireless broadband to 97 percent of the country, and provide T-Mobile's workers the freedom to choose to join 42,000 unionized workers at AT&T. Read More »

Civil Rights, Labor Groups’ Recommendations to Correct “Vast Disparities in Access” to Broadband

In a letter to FCC Commissioners, the Communications Workers of America (CWA) joined the Leadership Council on Civil and Human Rights (LCCR), the National Urban League, NAACP and other civil rights organizations to urge the Commission to broaden the reach of broadband access through the Lifeline and Link-Up programs, and to implement the Lifeline pilot projects that were proposed in the National Broadband Plan. Read More »

CWA: Transform Universal Service Fund for Broadband

It is long past time for the FCC to update the Universal Service Fund to support broadband, CWA said in comments filed at the FCC. CWA supports the FCC's proposal to create a unified, broadband-focused Connect America Fund. Read More »

App Design Challenge Offers Crowd-sourced Solution for Underserved Communities

While many Americans live in areas that are wired for broadband, about one third of the United States still does not have Internet access at home. The FCC and the James L. Knight Foundation issued a challenge to designers and programmers across the country: create an application that makes public data easily accessible to the public, providing people with a tangible incentive to go online. Read More »

Growth of Wireless-only Homes Requires a Robust Network

As cell phone use has grown, more and more households are opting to go wireless-only — foregoing the typical wireline home phone number. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 26.6% of homes only had wireless phone service in 2010, compared to just 13.6% in 2007. This trend, which is expected to grow in the coming years, illustrates the need for comprehensive and robust wired and wireless network infrastructures. Read More »

CWA: T-Mobile Merger Better With AT&T Than With Sprint

Communications Workers of America publicly praised AT&T's proposed purchase of T-Mobile USA, in a deal that was announced in early April. Read More »

Panel Addresses Adoption Growth Strategies

Broadband adoption remains one of the major hurdles to achieving broadband universality, especially among low-income communities. A panel event, hosted by Broadband Breakfast, brought together experts in the field to discuss opportunities to expand adoption and broadband access to the rest of the U.S. Read More »

Broadband Adoption is Still a Hurdle for Low-Income Communities

Although broadband penetration is on the rise across the United States, many low-income and minority communities are still on the other side of the digital divide. A new report by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, "Does Place Really Matter? Broadband Availability, Race and Income," attempts to pinpoint the factors contributing to low adoption rates. Read More »

Mayor, City Residents, CWA Demand High-Speed Internet in Buffalo

Business growth in city centers is increasingly reliant on broadband speed. Connected communities can support new economic endeavors and provide their residents with greater health and education opportunities. In Buffalo, the need for high-speed connectivity has resulted in a city-wide campaign to bring Verizon FiOS broadband to neighborhoods in need. Read More »

FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn Commends the Work of the E-Rate Program

Schools and libraries are digital oases for many families in low-income communities. The FCC's Schools and Libraries Universal Service program, also known as E-Rate, has helped connect millions of students and their neighborhoods to the resources they need. FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn made clear just how necessary these connections are in a speech at the Education Technology Policy Summit. Read More »

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