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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 »

FCC’s Levin outlines plans to get more older Americans online

FCC National Broadband Plan Executive Director Blair Levin recently spoke at the National Press Club on the need for expanded funding for programs aimed at getting more older Americans online. Read More »

Broadband stimulus funding raises concerns

As the federal government announces its plans to award the second round of broadband stimulus funding, telecommunications companies are concerned that it targets duplicate projects, instead of expanded high-speed service for unserved areas. Read More »

FCC’s Proposed 2010 Key Broadband Initiatives Available

The FCC announced its key broadband agenda items for the coming year — outlining the steps it plans to take to strengthen high-speed Internet availability in the United States. Read More »

FCC Chair Focuses on Small Business Broadband Adoption

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski recently announced a new program intended to drive small business broadband investment. The public-private partnership includes representatives from AT&T, Google, Microsoft, Cisco, HP, and others, and will help the United States maintain its high-speed Internet advantage in the coming years. Read More »

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 »

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