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Low Bandwidth Slowing Classroom Innovation

As teachers and students have embraced web-enabled applications, videos, and Internet-assisted research, schools need the broadband capacity to keep up with hungry minds. Unfortunately, according to a recent PBS survey of 1,401 full-time teachers K-12 and 197 pre-K teachers, speed issues are commonplace. Read More »

White House Joins Sen. Rockefeller, Public Safety Leaders & CWA in Support of D-Block Reallocation

The White House has joined the growing consensus for D-Block reallocation, which would transfer the designated spectrum for the implementation of a national interoperable public safety broadband network. Read More »

Pres. Obama features high speed Internet in State of the Union

President Obama, in his State of the Union speech, addressed the topic of building out broadband connectivity. Read More »

“Comcastrophe” Averted? The Washington Post Weighs In

The ramifications of the Comcast/NBCU merger will resonate across the media landscape for years to come. Yet, initial reaction to the merger of two of the largest content providers and content producers shows just how important online video is to the future. Read More »

Verizon Challenges FCC Net Neutrality Regulation

The Federal Communication Commission's open Internet regulations, adopted last month, have been formally challenged in court by telecommunications giant Verizon. The legal challenge contends that the FCC overstepped its authority in drafting regulation that requires phone and cable companies to treat all Internet content and services equally. Read More »

CWA: Limit Mobility Fund to $100 Million; Move Forward on Comprehensive Universal Service Reform

The FCC just announced plans to open a comprehensive rulemaking to reform the Universal Service Fund. The FCC plans to establish a Connect America Fund — as recommended by the National Broadband Plan — to transition today's almost $5 billion annual support for voice telephony in rural areas to broadband build-out. Read More »

An Introduction to the Universal Service Fund: How We Can Use it to Bolster Broadband Adoption

The Universal Service Fund (USF) is a common fund that helps support the provision and maintenance of basic telephone services to residents in rural parts of the country, monitored primarily by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). While this may sound archaic, it has very important present-day applications -- especially when applied to broadband. Read More »

Reforming the Universal Service Fund

The Universal Service Fund, created by the FCC to meet the communication needs of Americans, will turn 14 years old this year. In 2011, the fund needs to adopt modernizing reforms that will bring it up to date with the goals of the National Broadband Plan. Read More »

Faster Internet Needed in Schools and Libraries

The Federal Communications Commission's Wireline Competition Bureau released a new survey of schools and libraries that receive support from the E-Rate program. The results show an overwhelming need for faster Internet connections in these institutions. Read More »

Rep. Waxman, National Urban League Support New Network Neutrality Framework

Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman — a longtime advocate for network neutrality rules — supports the new Open Internet Framework enacted by the FCC on December 21, 2010. Read More »

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