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Rep. Matsui Introduces Universal Service Fund Reform Bill

Representative Doris Matsui (D-CA) has re-introduced her bill that would require the FCC to fund pilot programs providing subsidies to low-income households to purchase broadband service, supported by the Universal Service Fund. Read More »

Senate Commerce Committee Approves Public Safety Spectrum and Wireless Innovation Act

An interoperable public safety network is one step closer to becoming a reality. On June 8, the Senate Commerce Committee overwhelmingly approved S.911, the Public Safety and Wireless Innovation Act. Read More »

The FCC Needs to Protect Universal Service

Reforms to the Universal Service Fund, a service that helps connect rural communities, should be strengthened and expanded to encompass broadband connectivity. According to a column by former U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan on The Hill's Congress Blog, the USF faces new funding pressures that could weaken its reach across the digital divide. Read More »

Why Millions of Americans Support the AT&T/T­Mobile Merger

From the entirety of the United States Labor Movement to a broad range of individuals and constituent organizations representing tens of millions of Americans, the proposed AT&T merger with T-Mobile presents a real chance to strengthen workers' voices and provide new access to next generation technology. Read More »

FCC Announces ‘Get Connected’ Campaign for Older Adults

Speaking at a Project GOAL (Getting Older Adults on Line) breakfast, FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn announced the creation of a National Digital Literacy Corps initiative to help bring our seniors online. Read More »

CWA Tells FCC to Act Quickly to Reform Universal Service Fund

A public forum in Lincoln, Neb., gave local leaders an opportunity to press the Federal Communications Commission to move forward on high-speed broadband. Read More »

FCC: 26 Million Americans without Broadband Access

The FCC’s latest broadband report finds that approximately 26 million Americans, mostly in rural communities, have no access to broadband. Even where broadband is available, one in three Americans — 100 million people — do not subscribe, due to high costs, low digital literacy, or concerns about privacy. Read More »

FCC Chairman Emphasizes Broadband Key to Small Business Success

In a speech at the Cybersecurity and Small Business Roundtable, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski outlined the significant economic impact of an extensive and robust broadband network on small business. Read More »

Lifeline-Linkup: Much-Needed Changes to Close the Digital Divide

What is the Lifeline-Linkup Program, and why and how should it be modernized? Many Americans have never heard of the program that has brought telephone service to millions, so unfortunately don't know how antiquated this critical program is. Having to explain how something that is inherently necessary to me should be equally important to you is somewhat daunting. Read More »

AT&T T-Mobile Merger Will Expand Broadband Access, Benefit Consumers and Workers

Communications Workers of America (CWA) President Larry Cohen today told a Congressional panel that the proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile will accelerate broadband deployment, benefit consumers, and positively impact employees. Read More »

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