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Connect America II could push telecom revenues millions higher

Phase two of the Connect America Fund (CAF II) will offer some $1.7 billion annually through 2020 to AT&T, CenturyLink, Frontier, Windstream, and Verizon for rural broadband. Read More »

Civil rights group urges expansion and improvement of Lifeline

“As broadband rapidly replaces voice service as the basic communications tool for our era, the FCC should rapidly update Lifeline to match the times," wrote the LCCHR. Read More »

Five years into the National Broadband Plan

Five years ago, Blair Levin oversaw the development of the National Broadband Plan; now, he's beginning a look back with Celebrating a Fifth O’Planniversary, on the Benton Foundation’s website. Read More »

Expand Lifeline to include broadband

FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn is supporting an upgrade and expansion of the Lifeline program which, she said, "was established in the mid '80s, has been stuck in the mid '80s.” Read More »

Landlines. Accept no Substitutes.

“Most consumers and policymakers view mobile broadband connections as being complementary, rather than a replacement for, wireline broadband connections,” wrote NTCA. Read More »

CWA, NAACP Challenge DISH Abuse of FCC Small and Minority Business Rules

CWA and the NAACP are challenging DISH Network’s manipulation of the FCC’s “small and minority-owned business rules” that enabled DISH to grab $3.25 billion from the FCC spectrum auction. Read More »

FCC raises broadband benchmark

CWA commended the FCC for raising the definition of broadband from 4Mbps to 25Mbps for downloads, and 1Mbps to 3Mbps for uploads. Read More »

FCC updates 911 emergency call protocols

The FCC this week adopted new rules to help emergency responders better locate wireless 911 calls. Read More »

Republican Internet plans hit interference in Congress

This past week, both the Republican-led House and Senate introduced similar bills designed to head off FCC reclassification of broadband as a Title II telecommunications service. Read More »

Municipal networks will not wire U.S. for broadband

All communities need high-speed networks, but what’s a city to do when the local provider refuses to invest in next-generation broadband? Look at models that work. Read More »

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