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Digital communications technology helps homeowners reduce energy use

The Department of Energy awarded $620 million in economic stimulus grants for Smart Grid projects, some of which use digital technology to help residents track their homes' energy use. Read More »

Proposed Comcast-NBC Universal deal raises serious anti-trust concerns

The proposed merger of Comcast and NBC Universal raises real anti-trust concerns. If approved by regulators, this deal would create a mega-media company, one with the market power to determine what programs get aired and how much consumers must pay to view programming in every media outlet: cable, television and especially the Internet. This mega-company would control one out of every five viewing hours in the United States. Read More »

FCC Chairman: Broadband supports the troops, creates jobs

As in the civilian world, the military is using broadband to improve access to and the quality of education and healthcare. During remarks at Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Arkansas, FCC Chairman Julian Genachowski discussed the ways that servicemen and women are benefiting from broadband and how that applies to the upcoming National Broadband Plan. Read More »

Minnesota broadband task force lays out deployment plan

The Minnesota broadband task force issued a new report that outlines a path to expand broadband throughout the entire state. The goal: download speeds of 10-20 Mbps and upload speeds of 5-10 Mbps available to all Minnesotans by 2015. Read More »

ITIF: Gov’t must get involved to promote broadband adoption

A new report by Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) president Robert Atkinson urges policymakers to take steps to increase broadband adoption. The report points out that while 92 to 94 percent of Americans can subscribe to broadband, only approximately 65 percent have done so. Read More »

Report: A minority of US homes will have high-performance broadband in 2015

The Fiber-to-the-Home Council released a report that evaluated the nationís current and future broadband capabilities and the benefits of maintaining networks to meet those future needs. Read More »

CWA and IBEW caution Congress on Verizon-Frontier Deal

Last month, Communications Workers of America President Larry Cohen and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers President Ed Hill sent a letter to Congress to raise awareness of a tax loophole being used in the Verizon-Frontier Deal. The obscure corporate loophole - known as the "Reverse Morris Trust" was used in a similar deal that Verizon made with FairPoint Communications in 2007. The New England based company recently filed for bankruptcy after months of legal problems and complaints of poor customer service. Read More »

FairPoint files for Chapter 11 - a sign of things to come?

FairPoint, the company that acquired Verizon's land lines in New England in 2008, filed for bankruptcy on October 26. This news comes as Verizon is seeking approval to sell 4.8 million landlines to Frontier Communications in 14 states. Read More »

Broadband and telemedicine can save lives

USDA Rural Development and Cooperstown-based Bassett Healthcare joined forces to demonstrate the life saving capabilities of broadband and medical technologies, on Oct. 27. The event celebrated USDA's 60th Anniversary of its Telecommunications Program. Read More »

Report to FCC details barriers to broadband adoption

New York Law School's Advanced Communications Law & Policy Institute (ACLP) released a report to the FCC explaining the barriers to widespread broadband adoption among six focus areas: senior citizens, people with disabilities, telemedicine, energy, education and government. Read More »

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