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CWA-represented telco in rural Minn. wins Leading Lights’ “Most Innovative” award

A Minn. telco represented by CWA won an award for its GigaZone project, an initiative to bring high-speed Internet to 5,000 square miles of rural Minnesota. Read More »

Frontier accepts $283 million in Connect America funding

The money will help the carrier expand broadband service to more than 1.3 million rural customers across 28 states. Read More »

Lawmakers, activists join with FCC: Lifeline should include broadband

Legislation has been introduced that would direct the FCC to establish a broadband Lifeline program. Activists, regulators, and members of the telecommunications industry -- all are lending support. Read More »

Sixty-one Senators agree: It’s time to update rural broadband rules

Sixty-one Senators signed a letter calling on the FCC to modernize its rules regarding a rural communications services program. Read More »

FCC’s Connect America II offers $1.7B to expand rural broadband service

The FCC is launching Phase II of the Connect America Fund, a program that aims to expand broadband to over 8.5 million rural Americans. Read More »

Connect America II could push telecom revenues millions higher

Phase two of the Connect America Fund (CAF II) will offer some $1.7 billion annually through 2020 to AT&T, CenturyLink, Frontier, Windstream, and Verizon for rural broadband. Read More »

Civil rights group urges expansion and improvement of Lifeline

“As broadband rapidly replaces voice service as the basic communications tool for our era, the FCC should rapidly update Lifeline to match the times," wrote the LCCHR. Read More »

Expand Lifeline to include broadband

FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn is supporting an upgrade and expansion of the Lifeline program which, she said, "was established in the mid '80s, has been stuck in the mid '80s.” Read More »

Landlines. Accept no Substitutes.

“Most consumers and policymakers view mobile broadband connections as being complementary, rather than a replacement for, wireline broadband connections,” wrote NTCA. Read More »

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 »

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