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AFL-CIO Chief: DOJ Suit Blocking AT&T/T-Mobile Merger Has Economic, Political Consequences

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka wrote to President Obama (Sept. 26, 2011) expressing his opposition to the Department of Justice's lawsuit which seeks to block the AT&T/T-Mobile merger. Read More »

Detroit, like other communities, needs fast, reliable broadband service

In an op-ed in the Detroit Free Press, Jamal Simmons urges passage of the AT&T/T-Mobile merger. Read More »

FCC Chairman: The U.S. broadband economy is strong and growing

The Internet is the bright spot in the U.S. economy, said Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski. Read More »

The Other Side Of The Digital Divide Fights Back In Buffalo

The Don't Bypass Buffalo Coalition ramped up the fight for broadband equality in that New York State city. Read More »

U.S. Needs AT&T/T-Mobile Merger, Says Larry Cohen on C-Span

Appearing on C-Span's The Communicators series, CWA President Larry Cohen reiterated the reasons the union supports the AT&T/T-Mobile Merger: that AT&T would repatriate offshored jobs and would benefit the parts of the country underserved by broadband networks. Read More »

FCC Mandates Closed Captioning On Streaming Video

By a 4-0 vote, FCC Commissioners have ordered broadcasters and cable operators to provide "new video description regimes," which includes closed captioning, within nine months. The new ruling will make it possible for the approximately 28 million Americans with hearing deficits to enjoy the same closed captioning now required for TV broadcast. Read More »

Obama Administration Adds 7 Million Broadband Subscribers To Rural America

According to an August, 2011 report, "Jobs and Economic Security in Rural America," the federal government has recently "Expanded broadband access to over 7 million rural Americans, including 3 million rural households and over 350,000 rural businesses. This expansion of rural broadband access is helping to lower costs for businesses and bring jobs back to rural communities." Read More »

Will Fords Become Wi-Fi Networks As Well As Cars?

If Ford Motor Company chief technology officer and vice president of research Paul Mascarenas is correct, cars on the freeway may become nodes in a vast mobile wireless network, passing information from car to car, easing traffic and increasing safety. Read More »

Telcos Offer Plan To Reform Universal Service

A group of six major telecommunications companies submitted a plan to the FCC to reform the Universal Service Fund (USF) and the Intercarrier Compensation (ICC) process. The six — including Verizon, AT&T, CenturyLink, Windstream, Frontier, and FairPoint — proposed the plan to "shift the focus of the Federal Communications Commission's Universal Service Fund to supporting broadband deployment nationwide." Read More »

FCC Sets Six Month Deadline for Online Closed Captioning

Last October, President Obama signed into law the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 — "a bill to increase the access of persons with disabilities to modern communications, and for other purposes." In short it required that Internet video content be closed-captioned for the hearing impaired — just as it is on broadcast and cable television. Read More »

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