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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Announced Acquisition of T-Mobile USA by AT&T

Yesterday's announcement of the acquisition of T-Mobile USA by AT&T has important, positive implications for consumers in the U.S. and Germany, for the U.S. telecom workforce and for our country's economic future. Read More »

MMTC: Status of Civil Rights at FCC is Getting Worse

The Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC), a Speed Matters partner, released a statement along with a coalition of like-minded organizations, that calls for the FCC to improve minority entrepreneurship and equal employment issues. The FCC took a step in the right direction by recognizing the barriers that exist in a March 1 report, "Identifying and Eliminating Market Entry Barriers for Entrepreneurs and Other Small Businesses." Read More »

VoIP Is Voice by any Other Name

More and more telephone calls are now transmitted over the Internet. These are called Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) calls. Should telephone calls delivered using VoIP technology be subject to the same rules and consumer protections as traditional telephone calls? Read More »

National Labor Relations Board Upholds Worker’s Rights, Even on Facebook

Facebook and other social media websites are pushing talk around the office water cooler into a whole new space. But can employers take action when employee conversations about work move online? Read More »

Sens. Kerry and Landrieu Introduce Small Business Broadband Bill

The Chair of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Mary Landrieu, and former Chairman, John Kerry, recently introduced a bill to improve broadband access for small businesses in the U.S. Read More »

Internet Services Help Americans Connect to Jobs

With the U.S. unemployment rate at 9.4 percent this past December, many Americans continue to face a difficult economic outlook. For tens of millions, finding reliable, well-paying jobs is still an ongoing struggle. With limited job openings, the biggest hurdle is often knowing where to look -- and today that means going online. Read More »

FCC, Justice Department Impose Conditions on Comcast/NBC Universal Merger

On Tuesday, January 18, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) gave its approval to the acquisition of NBC-Universal by Comcast Corp. The new company will become the largest media conglomerate in the United States, with a combined 16.7 million broadband and 23 million cable subscribers, as well as an extensive film and television library and must-have NBC and regional sports programming. Read More »

LA Times Supports Stronger Regulation for NBCU/Comcast Merger

With the negotiations for the Comcast takeover of NBC Universal coming closer to a formal decision, the LA Times urged federal regulators to ensure conditions are placed on the deal to keep the TV services market competitive. Read More »

Broadband Critical to Economic Growth in America

The recession has hit Americans hard over the past year. With unemployment hovering around 10 percent, and higher for Hispanics and African Americans, much still needs to be done to revitalize the economy and bridge the employment gap. Read More »

CWA: FCC Vote Moves U.S. Forward on Broadband

The Communications Workers of America applauds the decision by the Federal Communications Commission approving Chairman Genachowski's initiative to adopt open Internet rules and create the stable conditions necessary for critical investment and quality job creation in broadband networks. Read More »

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