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Commerce announces $28.5 million in grant money for One Economy

Speed Matters' partner One Economy was awarded $28.5 million in grant money to expand high-speed Internet in underserved communities in the latest round of NITA's Broadband Opportunity funding. Read More »

House Subcommittee Chair worries more Americans lack broadband than previously thought

During its first hearing on the National Broadband Plan, U.S. House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet Chairman Rick Boucher expressed concern over one of the findings of the FCC's plan, arguing that more Americans than currently thought lack broadband service. Read More »

FCC begins implementing Internet security provisions

The FCC has begun implementing the cyber security provisions proposed in the National Broadband Plan, opening the comments period on a cyber security certification program and testing the strength of existing broadband infrastructure. Read More »

FCC begins work on new public safety broadband network

The FCC released a report highlighting the cost-saving measures in its proposal to rollout a public safety broadband network. More advanced wireless networks will help mitigate communications problems during crises that were exposed during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 and hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Read More »

Broadband adoption rates low among Americans with disabilities, according to FCC

The FCC released a report that found surprisingly low broadband adoption rates among people with disabilities-only 42 percent of those studied have access to service at their residence. Read More »

FCC takes first step towards Universal Service Fund reform

The Federal Communications Commission issued a notice of proposed rulemaking -- taking the first step towards transitioning the Universal Service Fund from funding for telephones to broadband. Read More »

Communications Workers of America Proposes “Middle Ground” to Protect an Open Internet

In comments filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Communications Workers of America mapped out a middle course for crafting rules to protect an open and free Internet. Read More »

Sen. Rockefeller wants FCC action to bring broadband to West Virginia and rest of nation

At an April 15 Senate Commerce Committee hearing, Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller urged the FCC to take steps to provide incentives for broadband expansion. The Commission is currently reviewing the proposed sale of Verizon lines to Frontier in West Virginia and 13 other states. The Communications Workers of America and others have joined in calling the sale a bad deal that will make it difficult for the nation to meet the National Broadband Plan deployment goals. Read More »

FCC’s Genachowski testifies before Senate Commerce Committee on National Broadband Plan

In an April 14th Senate Commerce Committee hearing, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski told lawmakers the agency would move forward on implementing sections of the National Broadband Plan, including universal high-speed Internet initiatives. Read More »

Broadband speeds often misrepresented

Broadband speeds often do not live up their advertised numbers, as reported by the New York Times and a recent Federal Communications Commission report. Speed Matters has long advocated for this viewpoint. Read More »

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