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Sierra Club, CWA Join Forces on Broadband Build-Out

In a win-win-win proposition for workers, consumers and the environment, the Communications Workers of America and the Sierra Club are working together to ensure that all Americans have access to high-speed broadband networks. Read More »

Protecting Workers’ Rights, Broadband Key to Green Jobs Being ‘Good Jobs’

Protecting workers' rights and building out high-speed broadband to every community will spur the economic growth our country needs and create quality, union, green jobs, Communications Workers of America President Larry Cohen told participants this week at the Good Jobs Green Jobs Conference. Read More »

Commerce announces $28.5 million in grant money for One Economy

Speed Matters' partner One Economy was awarded $28.5 million in grant money to expand high-speed Internet in underserved communities in the latest round of NITA's Broadband Opportunity funding. Read More »

House Subcommittee Chair worries more Americans lack broadband than previously thought

During its first hearing on the National Broadband Plan, U.S. House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet Chairman Rick Boucher expressed concern over one of the findings of the FCC's plan, arguing that more Americans than currently thought lack broadband service. 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 »

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 »

FCC’s Proposed 2010 Key Broadband Initiatives Available

The FCC announced its key broadband agenda items for the coming year — outlining the steps it plans to take to strengthen high-speed Internet availability in the United States. Read More »

FCC Chair Focuses on Small Business Broadband Adoption

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski recently announced a new program intended to drive small business broadband investment. The public-private partnership includes representatives from AT&T, Google, Microsoft, Cisco, HP, and others, and will help the United States maintain its high-speed Internet advantage in the coming years. Read More »

U.S. House closes RMT tax loophole, hands CWA major victory

The U.S. House of Representatives recently gave CWA a major victory by closing a tax loophole that allowed giant companies like Verizon to avoid federal taxes. Most notably, Verizon used the Reverse Morris Tax (RMT) loophole when it sold its northern New England landline operations to FairPoint Communications last year. Read More »

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