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CWA: FCC Action to Modernize Lifeline is First Step to Closing the Digital Divide

“This subsidy is an important step toward ensuring that all Americans can share in the benefits that broadband access provides,” said CWA President Chris Shelton. Read More »

FCC receives more than 22,000 petitions supporting Lifeline modernization

Five public interest and labor organizations -- the Communications Workers of America, Public Knowledge, the Center for Media Justice/MAG-Net, and Color of Change -- delivered the petitions to the FCC. Read More »

3.1 million new broadband subscriptions, pay-TV continues decline in 2015

Total number of broadband subscriptions is now more than 90 million, with top cable companies having about 55.2 million broadband subscribers, and top telephone companies having 35.1 million subscribers. Read More »

Verizon leaves NY seniors without service

When asked by News 7 what he feared about lacking a landline connection, Martin Towey, who has Parkinson’s disease and lives alone, responded: “That I’m on the floor and can’t get up, I can’t call a doctor. It’s ridiculous.” Read More »

Obama administration announces ConnectALL initiative

“Connectivity is a path to greater opportunity,” the initiative’s announcement read. “In today’s world, broadband and fluency with technology fuel economic growth, provide access to the world’s knowledge, promote skill development, and build stronger and more connected communities.” Read More »

FCC takes next step for digital equality

We’re almost there! The FCC this week released a draft order to update the Lifeline program to include broadband. Read More »

Mobile Internet access still no substitute for landline connection

Most low- and moderate-income families have some form of Internet connection, but many are under-connected, with mobile-only access and inconsistent connectivity. Read More »

What would you ask presidential candidates about closing the digital divide?

Nearly 40 public interest groups sent a letter to the moderators of the four upcoming presidential debates urging them to ask candidates about access to high-speed Internet. Read More »

NJ Board of Public Utilities to investigate towns’ complaints against Verizon

Are state regulators beginning to hold Verizon responsible for its neglect? We hope so – it’s about time. Read More »

CWA voices support for Lifeline modernization

“The FCC has a responsibility to help low-income households overcome the economic barriers to modern telecommunications services to promote the full social and economic participation of all Americans,” President Shelton wrote in the letter. Read More »

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