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Pennsylvania telephone deregulation bill is bad for seniors

Wayne Burton, president of the Pennsylvania Alliance for Retired Americans, condemns a pending state bill that would free Verizon from landline guarantees and cost controls. Read More »

What’s next in the FCC’s IP Transition order?

To interpret the FCC's IP Transition plans, read Benton Foundation’s “What Comes Next in the IP Transition: Voluntary, Service-Based Experiments.” Read More »

FCC sets $2 billion amount on school broadband investment

President Obama told students at a middle school, “The average American school has about the same Internet bandwidth as the average American home, but it serves 200 times as many people." Read More »

FCC votes IP Transition tests to ensure consumer services

FCC commissioners urged a focus on “enduring values” that must be preserved – and even improved – during the IP Transition, including: public safety communications; access to affordable communications; competition in the marketplace; and consumer protection. Read More »

E-Rate scores big

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said, “In the Internet age, every student in America should have access to state-of-the-art educational tools, which are increasingly interactive, individualized and bandwidth-intensive." Read More »

Robustness and Resiliency in the IP transition

Benton Foundation's Ted Gotsch writes this week about another principle to guide the transition to IP: Robustness and Resiliency. Read More »

Wireless only households continue to surge

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control's most recent National Health Interview Survey, more than half of Americans (55 percent) primarily or exclusively use their wireless phone. Read More »

Connect America adds $255 million to rural broadband funding

The FCC added $255 million to its Connect America Fund “to provide new broadband access to over 400,000 homes and businesses in rural areas of 41 states.” Read More »

Minnesota broadband grows, but big gaps remain

Although Minnesota broadband access grew significantly in the last six months, large swathes of the state's rural population still remain unconnected. Read More »

E-rate subsidy could change nation’s classrooms

The FCC and the administration want to use the e-Rate program to “... phase out the days of the clunky computer lab and shift to putting technology directly into students’ hands." Read More »

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