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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 »

AT&T and T-Mobile Merger Means Better Broadband

The acquisition of T-Mobile USA by AT&T is good news for everyone who realizes that the United States needs to catch up to the rest of the world when it comes to broadband speed and buildout. Read More »

FCC Seeks Comment on Reform of its Low-Income Program

The Federal Communications Commission took the first step towards modernizing the low-income Universal Service support programs known as Lifeline and Link Up. The FCC released a 137 page Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comments on its reform proposals. Read More »

Why the Unconnected are Second-Class Digital Citizens

It is no secret that the recession has hit our nation hard, particularly in low-income and minority communities. Naturally, many government institutions and private organizations have turned to broadband to help them cut costs by streamlining various processes and keeping productivity levels high. In general, this is a productive use of a transformative technology — and embracing it to improve efficiency is certainly the right thing for these organizations to do. Read More »

Craig Settles: USF Reform Needs to Come from Within Communities

The Universal Service Fund demands reform. While the subsidy model for low-income households works for telephone service, a recent article by Craig Settles of GigaOm proposes an interesting new model for broadband using a community-based approach. Read More »

Americans with Chronic Ailments Going Online for Support

For Americans with chronic health issues, including high blood pressure, diabetes, heart and lung conditions, and cancer, the Internet has become a lifeline to communities of support. Read More »

NYT Editorial Brings Focus to Dire Need for USF Reform

The Universal Service Fund, which currently supports affordable telephone service, urgently needs to be updated for today's communications market. As profiled in a recent New York Times editorial, an FCC proposal for the fund would shift its focus to supporting high-speed broadband. Read More »

Broadband Map Reveals Connectivity Gaps Across the US

A new National Broadband Map shows the extent of the digital divide in America, giving President Obama's goal of advancing America's digital future a clearly defined roadmap. Read More »

President Obama Outlines Goal to Ensure 98% of Americans Have Access to Broadband Internet

On February 10, President Obama traveled to Marquette, Michigan to speak on the state of broadband access in America, and to give details about the National Wireless Initiative, a goal he announced during his State of the Union address. The plan aims to expand 4-G wireless broadband Internet access to 98% of Americans. The President spoke primarily about mobile broadband coverage, but as Speed Matters has noted, expanding the wireless broadband network is no substitute for upgrading our nation's wired data networks. Read More »

USF Reform Will Bring 21st Century Communications to Rural Areas

The unanimous vote by the Federal Communications Commission to reform the Universal Service Fund (USF) is a first step toward bringing the promise of high speed broadband to communities, residents, and businesses in rural and underserved areas. Read More »

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