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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 »

Social Science Resource Council report: Barriers to broadband adoption for low-income communities

Increased transparency, quality of service, and availability would make low-income residents more likely to adopt broadband Internet service, says a report recently commissioned by the Federal Communications Commission. Read More »

Sen. Kohl questions NBC about Olympics pay-to-watch requirement

Senate Antitrust chair Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI) wrote a letter to NBC to express concern that some of its Internet coverage of the Vancouver Winter Olympic games was available only to paid subscribers. Visitors to the NBC site who sought coverage of the Olympics - NBC and its sister stations were the exclusive domestic carriers of the games - had to first confirm they had a subscription to cable, satellite, or IPTV. Read More »

FCC releases first time census-tract data on broadband

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a report detailing census-tract data on high speed Internet service speed and availability. While the FCC has been collecting information on broadband providers since 2000, this is the first report that provides comprehensive data at a county level. The new data shows that the broadband gap even more apparent. Read More »

States win big in second round of broadband stimulus funds

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke recently announced the latest round of economic stimulus awards totaling $357 million for expanded high-speed Internet access. Nine states received record funding for broadband expansion. Nine states - California, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Wisconsin - received funding from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. Read More »

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