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Telecom workers, supporters rally at FCC against proposed sale of Verizon landlines to Frontier

With over 150 supporters chanting, "No more corporate greed…We need high speed!" nearly 50 Communications Workers of America members who work for Verizon in West Virginia marched into the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in Washington on April 1 to voice their concerns about the potential sale of their state's telephone lines to much smaller Frontier Communications.

Verizon Communications is selling its landlines in West Virginia and 13 other states using a tax free loophole. Similar deals by Verizon in other states have resulted in bankruptcy, lost jobs, unmet broadband promises and poor service. Read More »

U.S. House closes RMT tax loophole, hands CWA major victory

The U.S. House of Representatives recently gave CWA a major victory by closing a tax loophole that allowed giant companies like Verizon to avoid federal taxes. Most notably, Verizon used the Reverse Morris Tax (RMT) loophole when it sold its northern New England landline operations to FairPoint Communications last year. Read More »

Commerce Dept. Funds Internet Training Programs in California, New York

The Commerce Department has announced broadband investments totaling more than $29 million for the nation's two largest cities, Los Angeles and New York. The grants target computer-training programs and will allow more than 30,000 low-income students and their families online access to educational, employment, and health information. Read More »

President Obama on National Broadband Plan

President Barack Obama commended the FCC on its release of the National Broadband Plan and its framework for providing universal high-speed Internet and expanding technological opportunity in low-income communities. Read More »

CWA applauds FCC

The Communications Workers of America issued a statement in support of the National Broadband Plan's goals of providing universal high-speed Internet and a renewed focus on digital literacy. Many other public interest organizations also came out in support of the FCC's plan. Read More »

Senators air concerns over proposed NBC Universal - Comcast merger

Senate lawmakers recently pressed both the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice on the proposed merger between NBC Universal and cable television giant Comcast. Read More »

An International Look at High-Speed Broadband Growth

Private industry financing of broadband must increase in order to meet the United State's aggressive broadband adoption and deployment goals, according to a new Brookings Institution study. The FCC has estimated that it will require $350 billion to provide universal broadband coverage in the U.S. Read More »

Bringing Universal Service into the 21st Century

In order to achieve universal broadband, the Universal Service Fund should be used to ensure nationwide access to high-speed Internet, according to the FCC. Currently, voice service is guaranteed to every American - regardless of geographic region or income level - through the universal service fund, but that right is not extended to broadband Internet connections. Read More »

High-speed Internet brings improved dental care to underserved community

Some low-income residents in parts of Los Angeles will soon have high-speed Internet to thank for their whiter teeth and brighter smiles. A new telemedicine project piloted by the University of the Pacific will provide dentists with the capability to electronically review patients in underserved San Fernando Valley communities. Read More »

Wall Street Journal: FCC to ask for $25 billion for broadband, first responder airwaves

The FCC will propose up to $25 billion in new federal spending for high-speed Internet lines and a wireless network for police and firefighters, according to the Wall Street Journal. Read More »

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