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The FCC Needs to Protect Universal Service

Reforms to the Universal Service Fund, a service that helps connect rural communities, should be strengthened and expanded to encompass broadband connectivity. According to a column by former U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan on The Hill's Congress Blog, the USF faces new funding pressures that could weaken its reach across the digital divide. Read More »

Why MMTC is Endorsing the AT&T/T-Mobile Merger

Since its founding 25 years ago, the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC) has been a vocal opponent of consolidation in the media and telecommunications industries. A transaction may be compelling to shareholders or have an attractive economic rationale, but transactions that shrink a sector usually come at the expense of communities of color. Too often, what may appear to be "good" for a company is, in fact, bad for minorities. Read More »

FCC Announces ‘Get Connected’ Campaign for Older Adults

Speaking at a Project GOAL (Getting Older Adults on Line) breakfast, FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn announced the creation of a National Digital Literacy Corps initiative to help bring our seniors online. Read More »

For North Carolina Residents, Broadband Connections Mean Business

Broadband access is a proven catalyst for economic growth, according to a new study by e-North Carolina and the Strategic Networks Group. Read More »

FCC: 26 Million Americans without Broadband Access

The FCC’s latest broadband report finds that approximately 26 million Americans, mostly in rural communities, have no access to broadband. Even where broadband is available, one in three Americans — 100 million people — do not subscribe, due to high costs, low digital literacy, or concerns about privacy. Read More »

Lifeline-Linkup: Much-Needed Changes to Close the Digital Divide

What is the Lifeline-Linkup Program, and why and how should it be modernized? Many Americans have never heard of the program that has brought telephone service to millions, so unfortunately don't know how antiquated this critical program is. Having to explain how something that is inherently necessary to me should be equally important to you is somewhat daunting. Read More »

Obama Administration Launches Digital Literacy Portal

DigitalLiteracy.gov, a new digital training website launched earlier this week, offers workers a wealth of resources to help them improve their online and computer skills. As digital literacy becomes a prerequisite for many jobs, this website strives to prepare workers for the digital economy of the future. Read More »

Electronic Health Record Grants for Low-Income Rural Communities

The federal government's Rural Health Information Technology Network announced a $12 million grant program to help physicians and hospitals in rural areas implement electronic health records (EHRs). Eligible applicants include Native American tribal governments and 501(3)(c) nonprofit organizations. Read More »

Civil Rights, Labor Groups’ Recommendations to Correct “Vast Disparities in Access” to Broadband

In a letter to FCC Commissioners, the Communications Workers of America (CWA) joined the Leadership Council on Civil and Human Rights (LCCR), the National Urban League, NAACP and other civil rights organizations to urge the Commission to broaden the reach of broadband access through the Lifeline and Link-Up programs, and to implement the Lifeline pilot projects that were proposed in the National Broadband Plan. Read More »

CWA: Transform Universal Service Fund for Broadband

It is long past time for the FCC to update the Universal Service Fund to support broadband, CWA said in comments filed at the FCC. CWA supports the FCC's proposal to create a unified, broadband-focused Connect America Fund. Read More »

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