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FCC may mandate online closed captioning

This month, the FCC will vote to expand closed captioning for all online video which was previously captioned on TV -- regardless of length. Read More »

Wheeler’s E-Rate modernization proposal released

This past week, FCC Chairman Wheeler released a draft order outlining steps needed to bring the E-Rate program into the 21st century. Read More »

Education associations ask FCC to expand E-rate

Today, 13 major national education associations wrote to the FCC "to express our strong concerns with proposed changes we believe will only dilute an already over-subscribed E-rate Program [and fail] to meet the needs of urban, rural and low-density populated areas." Read More »

FCC reports say some ISPs miss speed targets

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler recently said, "I’m concerned that some providers are failing to deliver consistent speeds to consumers that are commensurate to their advertised speeds.” Read More »

Verizon still stalling on FiOS, says NY City

Verizon is about to miss its June, 2014 deadline for wiring all of New York City for FiOS, and it's refusing to furnish the city with maps that chart "the street-by-street progress of its fiber network." Read More »

CWA Statement on AT&T/DirecTV FCC Public Interest Filing

CWA released a statement today saying that "the proposed AT&T/DirecTV merger can provide real benefits to workers and consumers." Read More »

AT&T expands its North Carolina gigabit reach to Winston-Salem

AT&T and the North Carolina Next Generation Network are extending fiber to six cities throughout the state. This week, AT&T ratified an agreement to bring U-verse with GigaPower to parts of Winston-Salem. Read More »

Wheeler vows to close school connectivity gap

"I believe," wrote FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, "we should put those resources to work now to meet our educators’ overwhelming pent-up demand for upgrading Wi-Fi at our schools and libraries." Read More »

FCC may redefine broadband

The FCC is soliciting comments on whether to raise the definition of broadband from 4Mbps downstream/1 up to 10 Mbps down/1 up, or even higher. Read More »

Mississippi company jumps into 1 Gbps fiber race

Mississippi-based C Spire began installing fiber optic cable in a Jackson suburb, aiming to offer 1 Gbps service to subscribers in certain neighborhoods in nine cities throughout the state. Read More »

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