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CWA Applauds Rep. Boucher’s Recommendations on National Broadband Plan

The Communications Workers of America commends Representative Rick Boucher (D-Va.) for his work to ensure that all Americans have access to high quality broadband. Congressman Boucher has called on the Federal Communications Commission to include universal availability of true high speed broadband as part of its National Broadband Plan. Read More »

Vice President Biden announces first broadband stimulus grants

The first round of broadband stimulus grant money was awarded to individual grants earlier this month. Stumping for the Recovery Act in Georgia, Vice President Joe Biden announced $183 million in individual grants to broadband projects. Read More »

Rep. Slaughter leads bipartisan charge against tax loophole in Verizon-Frontier deal

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (D-NY) is leading the effort to close a tax loophole driving anti-consumer corporate deals such as the proposed Verizon-Frontier transaction. Read More »

Frontier’s shares expected to drop as a result of Verizon deal

D.A. Davidson & Co., a leading financial services company, is downgrading the projected value of Frontier Communications shares, as reported in Barron's Magazine, the influential weekly financial publication of The Wall Street Journal. Read More »

How can broadband impact global warming?

Wondering how to solve the climate crisis and make America energy independent? A big part of the answer is broadband, says the co-author of the recent House climate bill. If implemented nationally, smart grid has the potential to mitigate some of our most pressing energy issues, Markey stated, and the expansion and upgrading of broadband infrastructure will accelerate its development and adoption. "Without the broadband revolution, you cannot have the revolution we’re talking about," he said Read More »

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 »

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