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Cable price rise is less where competition exists

According to a new FCC report on cable charges, "The price per channel is 14.7 percent lower in effective competition communities than in communities without a finding of effective competition... ” Read More »

A federal bill to close the digital divide for students

Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) hopes to provide low-income students with home Internet, using the same system of public assistance that underwrites other necessities. Read More »

The more Internet speed, the fewer choices among ISPs

A new Commerce Department report found that the faster the Internet service, the less chance of competition -- and a greater chance of higher prices. Read More »

Now to complete the promise of Lifeline

FCC Commissioners Clyburn and Rosenworcel indicate support to extend Lifeline universal service to broadband. Read More »

FCC raises E-rate cap, expanding funding for school and library broadband

The FCC approved further modernization of its E-rate program, and raised the Connect America Fund’s benchmark speed to 10/4 mbps, moves immediately praised by CWA and other organizations. Read More »

CWA Applauds FCC E-Rate Action on Internet Speed, Access

CWA today congratulated the FCC on its move to raise the annual cap on E-rate funding by $1.5 billion. Read More »

Rosenworcel speaks out for E-Rate

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel wrote that the E-Rate program, "... is the nation's largest education technology program. It helps schools and libraries in every state, by supporting access to modern communications and the Internet.” Read More »

World Internet growth continues unabated

The UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU) annual report says, “... by the 
end 2014, almost 3 billion people will be using the Internet, up from 2.7 billion at end
 2013.” Read More »

Wheeler pushes E-Rate and Connect America

In his blog on November 20, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler addressed expanding high-speed broadband into rural areas through both the E-rate program and the Connect America Fund. Read More »

AT&T parses meaning of “pause” in its commitments to fiber

AT&T's pause in building GigaPower fiber to the home doesn't apply to its current goals, but the company may stop there if the administration declares the Internet a regulated utility. Read More »

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