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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 »

Growth of Wireless-only Homes Requires a Robust Network

As cell phone use has grown, more and more households are opting to go wireless-only — foregoing the typical wireline home phone number. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 26.6% of homes only had wireless phone service in 2010, compared to just 13.6% in 2007. This trend, which is expected to grow in the coming years, illustrates the need for comprehensive and robust wired and wireless network infrastructures. Read More »

Panel Addresses Adoption Growth Strategies

Broadband adoption remains one of the major hurdles to achieving broadband universality, especially among low-income communities. A panel event, hosted by Broadband Breakfast, brought together experts in the field to discuss opportunities to expand adoption and broadband access to the rest of the U.S. Read More »

Broadband Adoption is Still a Hurdle for Low-Income Communities

Although broadband penetration is on the rise across the United States, many low-income and minority communities are still on the other side of the digital divide. A new report by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, "Does Place Really Matter? Broadband Availability, Race and Income," attempts to pinpoint the factors contributing to low adoption rates. Read More »

Mayor, City Residents, CWA Demand High-Speed Internet in Buffalo

Business growth in city centers is increasingly reliant on broadband speed. Connected communities can support new economic endeavors and provide their residents with greater health and education opportunities. In Buffalo, the need for high-speed connectivity has resulted in a city-wide campaign to bring Verizon FiOS broadband to neighborhoods in need. Read More »

FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn Commends the Work of the E-Rate Program

Schools and libraries are digital oases for many families in low-income communities. The FCC's Schools and Libraries Universal Service program, also known as E-Rate, has helped connect millions of students and their neighborhoods to the resources they need. FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn made clear just how necessary these connections are in a speech at the Education Technology Policy Summit. Read More »

Brookings Issue Brief on Universal Service Reform

The broadband divide is still an issue for millions of Americans who seek connectivity. One out of three Americans do not access the web due to poor infrastructure, high prices, or a lack of digital skills. One in twenty Americans lives in a region without broadband infrastructure. Read More »

AT&T/T-Mobile Merger Receives Broad Organizational Support

The recently announced merger of AT&T and T-Mobile has received the support of dozens of organizations from across the country. Statements from technology, labor, and minority groups emphasize the boost to broadband, diversified workforce, and digital inclusion that would come with the larger telecommunications entity. Read More »

NCLR, BBOC, and One Economy Closing the Digital Divide in Hispanic Communities

The National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the Broadband Opportunity Coalition (BBOC) & Speed Matters' partner One Economy are working together to close the 14-percentage point gap in home broadband adoption between White and Hispanic households. Read More »

Personal Health Record Adoption Faces Digital Divide

Personal Health Records (PHR) have been on the rise in the United States as a means of easily accessing and coordinating health information. Growing in popularity, such records are part of a broader health IT movement that simplifies health care for patients and care providers alike. Read More »

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