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FCC Seeks Comment on Reform of its Low-Income Program

The Federal Communications Commission took the first step towards modernizing the low-income Universal Service support programs known as Lifeline and Link Up. The FCC released a 137 page Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comments on its reform proposals. Read More »

MMTC: Status of Civil Rights at FCC is Getting Worse

The Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC), a Speed Matters partner, released a statement along with a coalition of like-minded organizations, that calls for the FCC to improve minority entrepreneurship and equal employment issues. The FCC took a step in the right direction by recognizing the barriers that exist in a March 1 report, "Identifying and Eliminating Market Entry Barriers for Entrepreneurs and Other Small Businesses." Read More »

Why the Unconnected are Second-Class Digital Citizens

It is no secret that the recession has hit our nation hard, particularly in low-income and minority communities. Naturally, many government institutions and private organizations have turned to broadband to help them cut costs by streamlining various processes and keeping productivity levels high. In general, this is a productive use of a transformative technology and embracing it to improve efficiency is certainly the right thing for these organizations to do. Read More »

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 »

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