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The FCC Needs to Protect Universal Service

Reforms to the Universal Service Fund, a service that helps connect rural communities, should be strengthened and expanded to encompass broadband connectivity. According to a column by former U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan on The Hill's Congress Blog, the USF faces new funding pressures that could weaken its reach across the digital divide. Read More »

FCC: 26 Million Americans without Broadband Access

The FCC’s latest broadband report finds that approximately 26 million Americans, mostly in rural communities, have no access to broadband. Even where broadband is available, one in three Americans — 100 million people — do not subscribe, due to high costs, low digital literacy, or concerns about privacy. Read More »

Broadband Helps Put Rural Businesses on the Map

Many small and medium-sized rural businesses are thriving thanks to their adoption of broadband technology. Despite being geographically isolated from other more populous areas, the Internet allows businesses to market products and services from virtually any location in the United States. Read More »

Civil Rights, Labor Groups’ Recommendations to Correct “Vast Disparities in Access” to Broadband

In a letter to FCC Commissioners, the Communications Workers of America (CWA) joined the Leadership Council on Civil and Human Rights (LCCR), the National Urban League, NAACP and other civil rights organizations to urge the Commission to broaden the reach of broadband access through the Lifeline and Link-Up programs, and to implement the Lifeline pilot projects that were proposed in the National Broadband Plan. Read More »

CWA: Transform Universal Service Fund for Broadband

It is long past time for the FCC to update the Universal Service Fund to support broadband, CWA said in comments filed at the FCC. CWA supports the FCC's proposal to create a unified, broadband-focused Connect America Fund. Read More »

Panel Addresses Adoption Growth Strategies

Broadband adoption remains one of the major hurdles to achieving broadband universality, especially among low-income communities. A panel event, hosted by Broadband Breakfast, brought together experts in the field to discuss opportunities to expand adoption and broadband access to the rest of the U.S. Read More »

Broadband Adoption is Still a Hurdle for Low-Income Communities

Although broadband penetration is on the rise across the United States, many low-income and minority communities are still on the other side of the digital divide. A new report by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, "Does Place Really Matter? Broadband Availability, Race and Income," attempts to pinpoint the factors contributing to low adoption rates. Read More »

FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn Commends the Work of the E-Rate Program

Schools and libraries are digital oases for many families in low-income communities. The FCC's Schools and Libraries Universal Service program, also known as E-Rate, has helped connect millions of students and their neighborhoods to the resources they need. FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn made clear just how necessary these connections are in a speech at the Education Technology Policy Summit. Read More »

Brookings Issue Brief on Universal Service Reform

The broadband divide is still an issue for millions of Americans who seek connectivity. One out of three Americans do not access the web due to poor infrastructure, high prices, or a lack of digital skills. One in twenty Americans lives in a region without broadband infrastructure. Read More »

FCC Releases New Internet Speed and Telephone Competition Report

Internet access services are a key metric for measuring progress in meeting the National Broadband Plan goals. A new report by the FCC, the Internet Access Services report, gauges the development of Internet connectivity and speeds in the past six months. Read More »

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