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Internet companies increase low-cost broadband programs. But thereís more to do.

Private sector initiatives like Comcastís Internet Essentials and AT&Tís commitment to offer affordable options are steps in the right direction to reduce the economic barriers to broadband access. But less than half of households in the lowest-income quintile have Internet at home. Read More »

Common Sense Media: Broadband expansion improves economy, education, health

An independent, nonpartisan organization that aims to make kids and education America's top priority released a policy brief on the many benefits of high-speed Internet access. Read More »

CWA praises FCC for moving Lifeline update forward

The union praised the outcome of an FCC vote, which moves forward the rule-changing process to expand the Lifeline program to include broadband. Read More »

Lawmakers, activists join with FCC: Lifeline should include broadband

Legislation has been introduced that would direct the FCC to establish a broadband Lifeline program. Activists, regulators, and members of the telecommunications industry -- all are lending support. Read More »

Pew study details “homework gap”

A recent study from the Pew Research Center found that roughly 1/3 of low-income households with children do not have access to high-speed Internet. Read More »

Internet speeds at US libraries reveals good and bad news

According to a new ALA report, libraries have generally increased broadband speeds but "just 2 percent of all libraries meet national benchmarks established by the FCC." Read More »

School iPads not much use to students without home Internet

School officials in Tennessee have found that merely handing out iPads and Chromebooks does not in itself close the digital divide. Read More »

A federal bill to close the digital divide for students

Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) hopes to provide low-income students with home Internet, using the same system of public assistance that underwrites other necessities. Read More »

Now to complete the promise of Lifeline

FCC Commissioners Clyburn and Rosenworcel indicate support to extend Lifeline universal service to broadband. Read More »

FCC raises E-rate cap, expanding funding for school and library broadband

The FCC approved further modernization of its E-rate program, and raised the Connect America Fundís benchmark speed to 10/4 mbps, moves immediately praised by CWA and other organizations. Read More »

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