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Craig Settles: USF Reform Needs to Come from Within Communities

The Universal Service Fund demands reform. While the subsidy model for low-income households works for telephone service, a recent article by Craig Settles of GigaOm proposes an interesting new model for broadband using a community-based approach. Read More »

Americans with Chronic Ailments Going Online for Support

For Americans with chronic health issues, including high blood pressure, diabetes, heart and lung conditions, and cancer, the Internet has become a lifeline to communities of support. Read More »

NYT Editorial Brings Focus to Dire Need for USF Reform

The Universal Service Fund, which currently supports affordable telephone service, urgently needs to be updated for today's communications market. As profiled in a recent New York Times editorial, an FCC proposal for the fund would shift its focus to supporting high-speed broadband. Read More »

Broadband Map Reveals Connectivity Gaps Across the US

A new National Broadband Map shows the extent of the digital divide in America, giving President Obama's goal of advancing America's digital future a clearly defined roadmap. Read More »

Americans With Disabilities are Underserved by Online Technologies

The advancement in technology in the late 20th and early 21st century has dramatically influenced the way that many of us live, but some people are being left behind. People with hearing loss and other disabilities have not received all of the benefits of modern technology, according to San Jose Mercury News Columnist Troy Wolverton. Read More »

Members of the Broadband Opportunity Coalition: How the NAACP is Promoting Broadband Adoption

The thought of civil rights often brings to mind images of historic marches and boycotts. A generation ago, such undertakings brought attention to unequal treatment, encouraging action among those who could work to promote equality. In the age of information, inequality doesn't look the same as it did in the 20th century. Today's civil rights challenges include digital inequality. Read More »

Hispanic Communities Falling Behind in the Digital Divide

With broadband adoption and use on the rise, millions of previously underserved Americans are connecting to the web each year. Yet, even with this growth, Hispanic populations still lag far behind other cohorts in adopting broadband technology. Read More »

USF Reform Will Bring 21st Century Communications to Rural Areas

The unanimous vote by the Federal Communications Commission to reform the Universal Service Fund (USF) is a first step toward bringing the promise of high speed broadband to communities, residents, and businesses in rural and underserved areas. Read More »

Minnesota Still Has Work to Do on Rural Broadband Access

In order for Minnesota to meet its goal of providing every home and business with access to high-speed Internet, it needs to address the issue of the state's urban-rural divide, according to a new report. Read More »

CWA Supports Universal Service Fund Reform

With the FCC about to launch an important rulemaking to update the universal service program for broadband, CWA outlined its priorities in a recent meeting with Chairman Genachowski's legal advisor Zac Katz. Read More »

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