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A Statement on Net Neutrality

Democrats and Republicans are getting an earful as they go home to face angry constituents frustrated with the partisan games and gridlock in Washington, DC. We are deeply disappointed that the Open Internet Act of 2010 was yet another casualty in this partisan war. Chairman Waxman and Boucher worked diligently on this legislation to ensure an open Internet and a decisive resolution to the debate around net neutrality. He should be congratulated, and this should be among the first pieces of legislation that is taken up when Congress returns after the November election. Read More »

CWA: Waxman/Boucher Approach Right Way to Move Broadband Build Out Forward

The Communications Workers of America sees the proposal by House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman and Representative Rick Boucher (D-Va.) to clarify the FCC’s authority to safeguard an open Internet as resolution to a national challenge. Read More »

Digital Disability Access Bill Passes Senate

The Senate unanimously passed S. 3304, the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act on September 23. The legislation updates the 1996 Telecommunications Act and brings disability accessibility mandates into the 21st century. Read More »

A New Voice on Broadband and Social Justice

Introducing: Broadband & Social Justice, a new blog that highlights the intersection of broadband access as a basic human right. Broadband is an engine for economic growth, civic engagement, and a better way of life — and in increasingly a social justice issue. Read More »

Hill Event Shows Labor and Civil Rights Groups Agree on Policies to Protect an Open Internet

The Congressional Black Caucus Institute along with the Communications Workers of America hosted a broadband forum on Capitol Hill on September 14 to discuss policies to expand broadband deployment and adoption and how to move forward to protect an open Internet. View CWA President Larry Cohen's remarks and take action to support an open internet. Read More »

Broad Support for USF Overhaul Proposal

Major stakeholders lined up behind a major overhaul of the Universal Service Fund (USF), so that it would include funding for broadband, at a House subcommittee hearing on September 16. Read More »

“Link Up” and “Lifeline” Awareness Week!

Last week the FCC and its partners raised awareness about two important telephone assistance programs, "Link Up" and "Lifeline". Across the country, state and local agencies participated in outreach activities to highlight how these two little-known programs ensure that all Americans can access basic telephone service. Read More »

Proposals to Improve Civil Engagement in a Digital World

As the Internet becomes a driving force in the way we communicate and engage with one another, its proper role in America's civic sphere has become increasingly important, and debated. A new policy brief by Nicol Turner-Lee, Vice President at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, proposes a set of strategies for transforming the Internet into a place for constructive dialogue that drives real-world policy. Read More »

The Great Net Neutrality Distraction?

A recent New York Times article chronicles the battles in the war over net neutrality since a Federal appeals court struck down the FCC's grounds for regulating broadband Internet in March. Read More »

Pew: Two-Thirds of Americans Access Broadband at Home

A new report from Pew -- Home Broadband 2010 -- found that African-Americans experienced a 22 percent year-over-year increase in broadband adoption. Read More »

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