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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 »

Net Neutrality Jumps Yet Another Hurdle

On July 7, 2011 the Federal Communications Commission submitted its net neutrality regulations to the Office of Management and Budget for review. Read More »

Democratic Senators Want FCC To Eliminate Broadband Coverage Gaps

In early July, Democratic Senators Mark Warner (Va.) and John Kerry (Mass.) wrote to the Federal Communications Commission urging that the FCC reallocate resources from providing universal landline phone service to broadband. The letter asked that the $8 billion Universal Service Fund be used for areas lacking in modern broadband service, and that they be brought up to baseline speed. Read More »

Senators Keep Heat On Net Neutrality

While Congress is locked in intense debate and deal-making over the budget, a group of 10 Democratic senators are making sure that the issue of net neutrality doesn't get forgotten. Led by John Kerry (D-MA) and Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), the senators signed a sharply-worded letter to the chair and ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Committee denouncing Republican efforts to kill the FCC's proposed neutrality rules Read More »

CWA’s Goldman: AT&T Is The Best Company To Buy T-Mobile Network

At a policy forum at the Economic Policy Institute on June 29, CWA's Debbie Goldman advocated for the proposed merger of AT&T and T-Mobile. Read More »

Analysts, Policy Makers Support ATT/T-Mobile Merger

Given the stark difference between a merger with Sprint and a merger with AT&T, the proposed AT&T/T-Mobile merger is generating a broad and growing range of support from policymakers and analysts. Read More »

CWA: The Facts Support AT&T/T-Mobile Merger

Final FCC comments filing deadline offers opportunity to review positives of the AT&T/T-Mobile merger, including expanding broadband access and benefits to consumers and workers. Read More »

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 »

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