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FCC takes first step towards Universal Service Fund reform

The Federal Communications Commission issued a notice of proposed rulemaking -- taking the first step towards transitioning the Universal Service Fund from funding for telephones to broadband. Read More »

Communications Workers of America Proposes “Middle Ground” to Protect an Open Internet

In comments filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Communications Workers of America mapped out a middle course for crafting rules to protect an open and free Internet. Read More »

FCC extends Comcast-NBC merger comment period as it awaits documents

The FCC has extended the formal comments period on the Comcast-NBC Universal merger as it awaits delivery of documents both companies have failed to present. Read More »

Sen. Rockefeller wants FCC action to bring broadband to West Virginia and rest of nation

At an April 15 Senate Commerce Committee hearing, Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller urged the FCC to take steps to provide incentives for broadband expansion. The Commission is currently reviewing the proposed sale of Verizon lines to Frontier in West Virginia and 13 other states. The Communications Workers of America and others have joined in calling the sale a bad deal that will make it difficult for the nation to meet the National Broadband Plan deployment goals. Read More »

Virginia enacts telemedicine reimbursement legislation

Virginia recently became the fourteenth state to enact health care legislation requiring insurance coverage for telemedicine. Read More »

FCC’s Genachowski testifies before Senate Commerce Committee on National Broadband Plan

In an April 14th Senate Commerce Committee hearing, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski told lawmakers the agency would move forward on implementing sections of the National Broadband Plan, including universal high-speed Internet initiatives. Read More »

Hollis: National recovery efforts must include Internet equality

Despite March's modest employment gain, many workers could be left permanently out of the job market if Internet equality isn't made part of the national recovery efforts, warns Julius Hollis. The CEO and Chairman of the Alliance for Digital Equality a Speedmatters partner penned a Huffington Post piece that issued the warning. Read More »

Broadband speeds often misrepresented

Broadband speeds often do not live up their advertised numbers, as reported by the New York Times and a recent Federal Communications Commission report. Speed Matters has long advocated for this viewpoint. Read More »

FCC’s Levin outlines plans to get more older Americans online

FCC National Broadband Plan Executive Director Blair Levin recently spoke at the National Press Club on the need for expanded funding for programs aimed at getting more older Americans online. Read More »

Broadband stimulus funding raises concerns

As the federal government announces its plans to award the second round of broadband stimulus funding, telecommunications companies are concerned that it targets duplicate projects, instead of expanded high-speed service for unserved areas. Read More »

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