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The Benefits of Broadband

We have just released the 2010 edition of the Benefits of Broadband--a compilation of fact sheets that details the benefits of affordable, high-speed Internet for all Americans. Read More »

Civil rights leader calls on FCC to put jobs, investment first

Julius Hollis, the Chairman of Speed Matters partner the Alliance for Digital Equality, wrote on the Huffington Post that the FCC's proposed "Third Way" regulatory approach may keep millions of disadvantaged Americans from accessing the economic and educational benefits of the Internet. Read More »

Areas Without Broadband Predominately Rural and Poor

The FCC's recently released Sixth Broadband Deployment Report points out that between 14 and 24 million Americans are living without access to broadband Internet. Read More »

UK introduces ambitious universal broadband plan

'Networked Nation,' a new government report issued in the United Kingdom, lays out a bold blueprint to get 10 million more Britons online. Read More »

How to Reform Universal Service Fund to Support Broadband

Speed Matters has long supported reform of the Universal Service Fund (USF) to promote broadband build-out and affordability. The FCC's National Broadband Plan highlights a transition plan to move USF support from telephony to broadband. Members of Congress, FCC Commissioners, service providers, and consumer advocates all agree. So the question is no longer whether to shift USF subsidies to support broadband deployment and adoption, but how. Read More »

Pew: States are Critical to Broadband Expansion

Pew’s recently released study, Bringing America Up to Speed: States' Role in Expanding Broadband, finds that states play a pivotal role in expanding broadband access across America. Read More »

Civil Rights, Labor and Environmental leaders join call urging Congress to clarify FCC’s authority

Leaders representing eight national civil rights, labor, and environmental organizations urged Congress to act quickly to clarify the FCC’s authority to protect an Open Internet and apply Universal Service funding to broadband. Their letter to Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Chairman John D. Rockefeller and House Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry A. Waxman follows statements by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski which welcomed legislative action by Congress. Read More »

Why the FCC’s authority over broadband must be clarified by Congress

It is with a tremendous sense of urgency that CWA joins with our brothers and sisters in the labor, environmental and civil rights movements to urge Congress to act quickly to clarify the FCC’s authority to protect an Open Internet and apply Universal Service Funding to broadband. At this critical juncture, creating our high-speed networks for the 21st Century are as critical to commerce as expanding roadways, electric service and telephone lines were to the 20th Century.

The decision by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in the Comcast case has put into question the FCC’s legal authority to protect an open Internet and accelerate broadband deployment and adoption. We need Congress to quickly resolve this question because any other path would lead to years of litigation and regulatory uncertainty that will reduce broadband investment and industry jobs. Read More »

CWA: Proposed Comcast-NBCU Merger Will Harm Workers, Consumers

As proposed, the Comcast-NBCU merger would lead to job cuts, aggravate the already anti-competitive behavior of the cable industry and restrict consumer access to the online video content of their choice, a senior official with the Communications Workers of America testified today. Read More »

Seventy-Four Democrats Say “No” to Title II Re-Classification Proposal

Seventy-four House Democrats sent a letter to Chairman Genachowski on May 24 saying they have concerns with the agency's plan to reclassify broadband as a Title II regulated service. Read More »

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