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Proposed Comcast-NBC Universal deal raises serious anti-trust concerns

The proposed merger of Comcast and NBC Universal raises real anti-trust concerns. If approved by regulators, this deal would create a mega-media company, one with the market power to determine what programs get aired and how much consumers must pay to view programming in every media outlet: cable, television and especially the Internet. This mega-company would control one out of every five viewing hours in the United States. Read More »

Gates Foundation comes to libraries’ aid

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced $3.4 million in grants to improve Internet connections of public libraries in Kansas, Arkansas, New York, Virginia, and Massachusetts. Through the Opportunity Online program, the Foundation will partner with fourteen additional states to help libraries compete for broadband stimulus funds. Read More »

British unions pressure government to expand broadband goals

The Communications Workers Union (CWU), the British telecom workers' union, is pushing to make the British national broadband plan more ambitious. The mobilization campaign, similar to Speed Matters, is directed at members of Parliament and other policy makers as the UK further develops its national broadband goals. Read More »

NTCA Survey: rural broadband gaining ground

Competitive high speed internet access is on the rise in rural communities according to a National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA) survey. Read More »

FCC Chairman: Broadband supports the troops, creates jobs

As in the civilian world, the military is using broadband to improve access to and the quality of education and healthcare. During remarks at Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Arkansas, FCC Chairman Julian Genachowski discussed the ways that servicemen and women are benefiting from broadband and how that applies to the upcoming National Broadband Plan. Read More »

CITI report: $182 billion private broadband investment projected through 2015

A new report on broadband investments estimates telecom industry capital investment at $69 billion in 2008 and $60 billion in 2009. About half that amount -- about $30 billion annually -- was spent on broadband infrastructure. Read More »

FCC Task Force: Universal Service Fund should support Broadband

The FCC task force charged with developing the National Broadband plan released an interim report stating that there are “critical gaps” that must be filled before American individuals and businesses can fully benefit from broadband technology. The report identifies significant gaps in the federal Universal Service Fund, which doesn’t support broadband adoption and deployment despite over $7 billion spent to subsidize telecommunications annually. Rep. Doris Matsui (CA-5) recently introduced the Broadband Affordability Act – endorsed by CWA – which would address many of these problems. Read More »

APT re-launches, focusing on broadband adoption

The Alliance for Public Technology (APT) - a Speed Matters partner - has re-launched as the National Broadband Resource Center (NBRC). The new organization will focus on spurring broadband adoption and innovation. Read More »

Cohen presses for action to bridge America’s digital divide

With Internet speeds and access in most of the developed world leaving the United States in the dust, America's low-income and minority households are particularly at risk of being left behind in the digital world, CWA President Larry Cohen told the Minority Broadband Summit in a keynote speech Wednesday. Read More »

Anticipated Comcast-NBC Universal merger must be stopped

The Communications Workers of America have joined forces with two of the nation's top consumer advocacy groups to bring attention to the list of reasons that the Comcast-NBC Universal merger should be stopped. Free Press and the Consumers Federation of America - along with CWA - are speaking out about the significant anti-trust problems with the proposed deal. Read More »

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