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“Troubling employment patterns and practices in the technology sector.”

According to the Minority Media and Telecom Council, the abysmal racial employment percentages in today's high-tech industry “closely resemble the statistics of the broadcasting industry in the late 1960’s.” Read More »

Providing a Lifeline to Broadband Internet Access

"Instead of finding ways to deny telephone access to the neediest Americans, lawmakers should be looking to expand Lifeline to include broadband internet." Read More »

FCC Commissioner Clyburn touts Lifeline program

Recently, Commissioner Mignon Clyburn wrote in the FCC blog, "“Since 1985, Lifeline has offered a discount on phone service to low-income consumer." Read More »

Tech’s richest companies underpaying black, Hispanic workers

A new report from Working Partnerships USA shows that Silicon Valley's wealthy tech industry depends on low-paid Black and Hispanic workers for its essential menial work. Read More »

Post political files online for cable and satellite as well as broadcast

The FCC is seeking comment on a petition filed by open politics watchdog groups, who are asking that cable and satellite TV systems post their political files posted in the open FCC database. Read More »

NAACP, CWA Call for ‘Strong, Legally Enforceable Rules’ on Open Internet

In comments submitted to the FCC today, CWA and the NAACP said that the commission’s open Internet rule must be “consistent with the need to promote job-creating investment and closing the digital divide.” Read More »

Silicon Valley persists in lack of diversity, write Democrats

Three Democratic U.S. representatives from California published an op-ed in the San Jose Mercury News, to take the tech industry to task for its continually low employment rates of women and ethnic minorities. Read More »

Verizon CEO hedges on FiOS expansion

Despite adding 200,000 new FiOS customers late last year, Verizon's CFO said they won't extend FiOS to any new markets until the service has returned the cost of capital investment. Read More »

FCC asking for focused comment on E-Rate modernization

E-Rate is the federal program aiming to provide schools and libraries with up-to-date broadband connectivity. Yesterday, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau asked for focused comment on its E-rate Modernization Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. Read More »

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio rags on FiOS

As New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio had often complained that Verizon’s FiOS broadband service was underbuilt and overpriced. Now he's mayor and he's still saying it. Read More »

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