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The Lifeline program and universal broadband access

The FCC's commitment to universal communications access has evolved with technology to include not only traditional phone and wireless services, but broadband as well. Read More »

Poverty worsens age-based digital disparity

A study published at the Benton Foundation finds a strong relationship between age, Internet use, and socioeconomic status. 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 »

Civil rights group: “GAO Report Bolsters Need for Lifeline Broadband Expansion”

A co-chair of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights Media and Telecommunications Task Force explains how a recent GAO report reiterates the need to expand the Lifeline program. Read More »

Pew study details “homework gap”

A recent study from the Pew Research Center found that roughly 1/3 of low-income households with children do not have access to high-speed Internet. Read More »

Google prepares to launch broadband balloons - a loony idea?

Google is scaling up Project Loon, its year-old initiative to bring Internet access to everyone on the planet by balloon. Read More »

Video relay brings hearing impaired into digital communications

This week, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler used his blog to call attention to the vast world of video relay sign language interpreters. Read More »

Internet speeds at US libraries reveals good and bad news

According to a new ALA report, libraries have generally increased broadband speeds but "just 2 percent of all libraries meet national benchmarks established by the FCC." Read More »

It’s a smartphone country, says Pew Center

As the Pew Internet Center said last week, “Nearly two-thirds of Americans are now smartphone owners, and for many these devices are a key entry point to the online world.” 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 »

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