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Trumka to Wheeler: keep TV sports blackout rule

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka wrote to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler urging retention of TV's Sports Blackout Rule, which helps fill stadiums and boosts local business. Read More »

Windstream’s tax break is just not REIT

Telecom Windstream is using a recent and little-known IRS ruling to shelter its infrastructure in a real estate investment trust, avoiding hundreds of millions in taxes. Read More »

New survey finds libraries increasingly provide free access to online tech

The new Digital Inclusion Survey is a “national survey of public libraries that explored the digital inclusion roles of public libraries.” Read More »

Net neutrality in context

Former Undersecretary of Commerce Ev Ehrich put net neutrality in a wider context in the San Francisco Chronicle, saying. "…there's nothing neutral about the Net now, despite what a few strident voices say.” Read More »

FCC warns ISPs to play straight

The FCC recently told Internet Service Providers that they “… must disclose accurate information about their service offerings and make this information accessible to the public.” Read More »

NAACP, CWA Call for ‘Strong, Legally Enforceable Rules’ on Open Internet

In comments submitted to the FCC today, CWA and the NAACP said that the commission’s open Internet rule must be “consistent with the need to promote job-creating investment and closing the digital divide.” Read More »

FCC may mandate online closed captioning

This month, the FCC will vote to expand closed captioning for all online video which was previously captioned on TV -- regardless of length. Read More »

Supreme Court decides against re-streaming service Aereo

The U.S. Supreme Court decided that video re-streaming start-up, Aereo, could not operate without paying for content -- a decision which saved thousands of jobs. Read More »

Both houses of Congress tackle AT&T-DirecTV merger

As Congress examined the proposed AT&T/DirecTV merger, CWA urged subcommittee chairs to approve it, saying it will "expand high road labor standards and create substantive video competition.” Read More »

Wheeler’s E-Rate modernization proposal released

This past week, FCC Chairman Wheeler released a draft order outlining steps needed to bring the E-Rate program into the 21st century. Read More »

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