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The Joint Center Explores the Impact of the National Broadband Plan on the Underserved

On March 2nd, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies hosted a forum that assessed whether the Federal Communications Commission's National Broadband Plan is being implemented in a timely manner and whether it is positively impacting underserved populations. Attendees included Blair Levin, the "architect" of the Plan, along with Ed Lazarus, Chief of Staff to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, and several other policy experts. Read More »

Schools and Libraries Connecting the Unconnected

About 100 million Americans do not have broadband access at home. Numerous surveys tell us why: lower-income people can't afford computers and Internet access, many people don't know how to use the technology, others don't see the value of the Internet, and about 12-24 million Americans still don't have access to broadband networks. Read More »

FCC Releases New Internet Speed and Telephone Competition Report

Internet access services are a key metric for measuring progress in meeting the National Broadband Plan goals. A new report by the FCC, the Internet Access Services report, gauges the development of Internet connectivity and speeds in the past six months. Read More »

Qwest-CenturyLink Merger Moves Ahead With FCC Conditions

The FCC formally approved the merger of Qwest Communications and CenturyLink on March 18, a $22 billion deal that will impact over 17 million telephone and 5 million broadband customers in 37 states. Read More »

Energy & Commerce Committee Votes to Repeal FCC’s Open Internet Rules

The House Energy and Commerce Committee voted to overturn the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Open Internet rules. The House of Representatives will now debate the Open Internet rules on the floor and vote whether or not to repeal them. Read More »

House Telecom Subcommittee Votes to Overturn FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules

On March 9, the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology passed a resolution to repeal the FCC's Open Internet rules. Introduced by Republican Subcommittee Chair Greg Walden, the vote on H.J. Res 37 went along party lines — with Democrats holding strong in their defense of the FCC's policy. Using a procedure under the Congressional Review Act, the subcommittee passed the resolution by a vote of 15-8, disapproving of the FCC's Open Internet rules. Read More »

FCC Proposes Rules to Expand Access for the Disabled

In a bid to make future technologies more accessible to individuals with disabilities the FCC has proposed new rules that would implement additional elements of the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010. Read More »

FCC Seeks Comment on Reform of its Low-Income Program

The Federal Communications Commission took the first step towards modernizing the low-income Universal Service support programs known as Lifeline and Link Up. The FCC released a 137 page Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comments on its reform proposals. Read More »

MMTC: Status of Civil Rights at FCC is Getting Worse

The Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC), a Speed Matters partner, released a statement along with a coalition of like-minded organizations, that calls for the FCC to improve minority entrepreneurship and equal employment issues. The FCC took a step in the right direction by recognizing the barriers that exist in a March 1 report, "Identifying and Eliminating Market Entry Barriers for Entrepreneurs and Other Small Businesses." Read More »

Democrats Delay Net Neutrality Reversal

An appeal by Reps. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) for a legislative hearing on the subject of net neutrality has delayed a legislative measure that would overturn the FCC's Internet regulations. Read More »

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