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CWA and IBEW settle strike at FairPoint Communications

After months on the picket lines, New England CWA and IBEW workers will vote on a new Fairpoint contract. Read More »

FCC raises broadband benchmark

CWA commended the FCC for raising the definition of broadband from 4Mbps to 25Mbps for downloads, and 1Mbps to 3Mbps for uploads. Read More »

Cable industry says you don’t need fast Internet

In an FCC filing, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association opposed the FCC action to raise the speeds in its definition of broadband on the grounds that consumers don't need it. Read More »

Broadband = 25Mbps>, says Wheeler

According to several sources, the FCC is proposing to redefine broadband as 25Mbps down, 3Mbps up – a significant raise from the last 2010 definition. Read More »

Now to complete the promise of Lifeline

FCC Commissioners Clyburn and Rosenworcel indicate support to extend Lifeline universal service to broadband. Read More »

FCC raises E-rate cap, expanding funding for school and library broadband

The FCC approved further modernization of its E-rate program, and raised the Connect America Fund’s benchmark speed to 10/4 mbps, moves immediately praised by CWA and other organizations. Read More »

CWA Applauds FCC E-Rate Action on Internet Speed, Access

CWA today congratulated the FCC on its move to raise the annual cap on E-rate funding by $1.5 billion. Read More »

Bad service, 911 outages prompt Vermont investigation into FairPoint

Following months of service complaints and a massive phone outage, Vermont is asking for an investigation into telecom FairPoint Communications. Read More »

Rosenworcel speaks out for E-Rate

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel wrote that the E-Rate program, "... is the nation's largest education technology program. It helps schools and libraries in every state, by supporting access to modern communications and the Internet.” Read More »

Wheeler pushes E-Rate and Connect America

In his blog on November 20, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler addressed expanding high-speed broadband into rural areas through both the E-rate program and the Connect America Fund. Read More »

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