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How to Reform Universal Service Fund to Support Broadband

Speed Matters has long supported reform of the Universal Service Fund (USF) to promote broadband build-out and affordability. The FCC's National Broadband Plan highlights a transition plan to move USF support from telephony to broadband. Members of Congress, FCC Commissioners, service providers, and consumer advocates all agree. So the question is no longer whether to shift USF subsidies to support broadband deployment and adoption, but how. Read More »

Utilities and Telecoms to Examine Smart Grid Feasibility

Resolving how energy data flows, whether through broadband, telecommunications and the public Internet or on narrowband and private networks owned by public utilities, is a glaring obstacle to smart grid infrastructure in the United States. Read More »

West Virginia Implements Statewide Fiber Optic Broadband Network

An ambitious project to create a statewide fiber optic broadband network in West Virginia is underway. The statewide fiber broadband network will connect critical anchor institutions, including hospitals, public schools, libraries and fire and police departments across the state. Read More »

Pew: States are Critical to Broadband Expansion

Pew’s recently released study, Bringing America Up to Speed: States' Role in Expanding Broadband, finds that states play a pivotal role in expanding broadband access across America. Read More »

Wisconsin Set to Deploy Broadband Stimulus Funding

Wisconsin will soon begin rolling out fiber optic broadband connections to hundreds of schools and libraries across the state. Over 390 law enforcement agencies, 300 fire departments, and 119 hospitals could also potentially connect to the fiber network. Read More »

Civil Rights, Labor and Environmental leaders join call urging Congress to clarify FCC’s authority

Leaders representing eight national civil rights, labor, and environmental organizations urged Congress to act quickly to clarify the FCC’s authority to protect an Open Internet and apply Universal Service funding to broadband. Their letter to Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Chairman John D. Rockefeller and House Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry A. Waxman follows statements by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski which welcomed legislative action by Congress. Read More »

Why the FCC’s authority over broadband must be clarified by Congress

It is with a tremendous sense of urgency that CWA joins with our brothers and sisters in the labor, environmental and civil rights movements to urge Congress to act quickly to clarify the FCC’s authority to protect an Open Internet and apply Universal Service Funding to broadband. At this critical juncture, creating our high-speed networks for the 21st Century are as critical to commerce as expanding roadways, electric service and telephone lines were to the 20th Century.

The decision by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in the Comcast case has put into question the FCC’s legal authority to protect an open Internet and accelerate broadband deployment and adoption. We need Congress to quickly resolve this question because any other path would lead to years of litigation and regulatory uncertainty that will reduce broadband investment and industry jobs. Read More »

Sen. Franken Airs Concerns About Comcast-NBCU Merger

Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) questioned assistant attorney general for antitrust Christine Varney on the Justice Department’s review of the proposed Comcast-NBCU merger in a Senate Antitrust Subcommittee hearing on June 9. Read More »

NTIA Announces Second Round of State Broadband Grants

The NTIA has invited states to apply for the second round of State Broadband Data and Development grants. Read More »

CWA: Proposed Comcast-NBCU Merger Will Harm Workers, Consumers

As proposed, the Comcast-NBCU merger would lead to job cuts, aggravate the already anti-competitive behavior of the cable industry and restrict consumer access to the online video content of their choice, a senior official with the Communications Workers of America testified today. Read More »

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