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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 »

Five years into the National Broadband Plan

Five years ago, Blair Levin oversaw the development of the National Broadband Plan; now, he's beginning a look back with Celebrating a Fifth O’Planniversary, on the Benton Foundation’s website. 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 »

Google Fiber: Killer Rabbit or Tiny Bunny?

Analyst Craig Moffett wrote, “Google Fiber is a bit like Ebola: very scary and something to be taken seriously. [However] it gets more press attention than it deserves.” 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 »

Cable giants still adding new broadband users

In 2014, 3 million new broadband users signed up: 2.7 million with cable firms and the rest with AT&T and Verizon. Read More »

Breaking the Cable Bundle

Mark Cooper of the Consumer Federation of America urged the FCC to give online video providers the same programming access as MVPDs. Read More »

Google to become wireless operator – sort of

Google VP Sundar Pichai recently said the company will create a cellular plan, as a way “to improve connectivity on mobile phones.” Read More »

Advanced age + low income and lack of education = offline

Two Benton Foundation authors combined 2014 Pew Internet survey data on age, income and education to closely examine Internet use among seniors. Read More »

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