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The Lifeline Program just had a great week

Michael Scurato of the National Hispanic Media Coalition posted the following much-needed blog on the updating of the Lifeline program. Read More »

In some cities, many go without Internet entirely

A new analysis found that in some cities as many as 40 percent of all households have no Internet. And the median – among 176 cities sampled – is over 20 percent without Internet. Read More »

Amazon “another lack-of-diversity-in-tech story”

"Tellingly just 4 percent of U.S. Amazon managers are black, although 15 percent of the U.S. Amazon workforce is black,” wrote Tech Crunch. Read More »

Digital divide worsens inequality

Although many factors go into the digital divide, it appears that the high price of U.S. broadband relegates low-income urban families to the wrong side of the tracks. Read More »

Miami libraries struggle to provide Internet access

Students without home Internet flood the branches – especially in low-income areas of the metro. And frequently have to wait or receive outdated and inadequate computer equipment. Read More »

Coalition lauds FCC action on inmate calling rates

A coalition of civil rights, media justice, and labor groups applaud the FCC for further action on unfair prison phone rates. Read More »

New York City Council sides with labor against Cablevision

Cablevision alternately threatened and bribed New York workers to vote against joining CWA. As a result, the New York City Council is asking the city to “proceed with extreme caution” before awarding any contract to Cablevision. Read More »

Wheeler and Clyburn call for reasonable inmate calling charges

FCC Chair Wheeler and Commissioner Clyburn issued a joint statement calling for further reform of inmate calling costs and practices. Read More »

“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 »

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