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Blocking AT&T/T-Mobile Merger Could Hurt Democrats, Says CWA President Cohen

CWA President Larry Cohen warned the Obama administration and the Democratic Party that the Justice Department's suit blocking the AT&T/T-Mobile merger could have negative consequences for workers and politically. AT&T is promising job growth when the merger goes through something a stand-alone T-Mobile can't accomplish. Read More »

Obama Jobs Bill Includes Allocation of Public Safety Spectrum

The new Obama jobs bill addresses the popular, but still not passed, first responders communications network. According to the White House: "The plan follows the model in the bipartisan legislation from Senators Rockefeller and Hutchison in including an investment to develop and deploy a nationwide, interoperable wireless network for public safety." Read More »

DOJ Lawsuit to Block AT&T/T-Mobile Merger is Wrong Decision for Jobs, Workers’ Rights, Broadband

The decision by the U.S. Department of Justice to seek to block the merger of AT&T and T-Mobile USA is simply wrong. Read More »

AT&T Will Return 5,000 Jobs to U.S. on Completion of AT&T/T-Mobile Merger

AT&T has announced that it will bring back a net 5,000 quality wireless jobs to the United States following the completion of its merger with T-Mobile USA. The merger will also accelerate the buildout of high-speed wireless broadband to 97 percent of the nation, enabling an additional 55 million people, especially in rural and underserved areas, to share in the benefits of Internet technology. Read More »

FCC Mandates Closed Captioning On Streaming Video

By a 4-0 vote, FCC Commissioners have ordered broadcasters and cable operators to provide "new video description regimes," which includes closed captioning, within nine months. The new ruling will make it possible for the approximately 28 million Americans with hearing deficits to enjoy the same closed captioning now required for TV broadcast. Read More »

FCC Asking For Input On Universal Service Plan - Again

FCC transformation of the Universal Service Fund to support broadband in rural areas takes another step forward as the agency develops a framework for reform. On August 1, 2011, Speed Matters reported on a telecommunications industry plan to modify the FCC's drive to reform Universal Service and Intercarrier Compensation. Read More »

FCC Takes America’s Broadband Pulse

Speed Matters has long urged the FCC to report on actual, as opposed to advertised, broadband speeds. On August 1, 2011, the FCC released, Measuring Broadband America, a first-ever comprehensive report on U.S. residential wireline broadband service. Read More »

States Come Out In Support of AT&T/T-Mobile Merger

On July 27, 2011, the Louisiana Public Service Commission voted 4-to-1 to approve the AT&T/T-Mobile merger. According to the technology website, CNET, the commission noted: "the proposed acquisition has received overriding support locally, as is evidence by the diverse number of groups and officials who are in support." Read More »

Telcos Offer Plan To Reform Universal Service

A group of six major telecommunications companies submitted a plan to the FCC to reform the Universal Service Fund (USF) and the Intercarrier Compensation (ICC) process. The six — including Verizon, AT&T, CenturyLink, Windstream, Frontier, and FairPoint — proposed the plan to "shift the focus of the Federal Communications Commission's Universal Service Fund to supporting broadband deployment nationwide." Read More »

FCC Sets Six Month Deadline for Online Closed Captioning

Last October, President Obama signed into law the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 — "a bill to increase the access of persons with disabilities to modern communications, and for other purposes." In short it required that Internet video content be closed-captioned for the hearing impaired — just as it is on broadcast and cable television. Read More »

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