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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 »

Wisconsin Protesters Blocked From Organizing Website

As pro-labor protests continue in Wisconsin, it has become clear that technology is playing a critical role in keeping protesters and volunteers connected, while getting their stories out to the rest of the world. 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 »

Senate Committee Considers Rockefeller D-Block Bill to Create Nationwide Interoperable Public Safety

On February 16, the Senate Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee held a hearing on Sen. John D. Rockefeller's bill, The Public Safety Spectrum and Wireless Innovation Act of 2011, which would allocate the "D-Block" of wireless spectrum to our nation's public safety officials. CWA supports this bill that will allow America's first responders to create a nationwide interoperable communications network. Read More »

NTIA Releases National Map of Broadband Data

For years, Speed Matters and its partners have advocated for a comprehensive national broadband map, and that hard work has finally borne fruit. On February 17, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) released a national broadband map of the United States. Read More »

FCC Commissioners Head to Capitol Hill to Give Testimony on Open Internet Rules

On Wednesday, February 16, all five FCC Commissioners spoke in front of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology to answer questions about the recently-passed open Internet regulations. Read More »

VoIP Is Voice by any Other Name

More and more telephone calls are now transmitted over the Internet. These are called Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) calls. Should telephone calls delivered using VoIP technology be subject to the same rules and consumer protections as traditional telephone calls? Read More »

CWA Opposes Efforts to Overturn FCC Open Internet Rules

The Communications Workers of America, in partnership with more than 80 organizations representing labor, the environmental movement, the civil and human rights community, faith based organizations and consumer advocates, is expressing strong opposition to attempts by some House members to invoke a little-used law that would strip the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) of its authority to protect the open Internet. Read More »

Americans With Disabilities are Underserved by Online Technologies

The advancement in technology in the late 20th and early 21st century has dramatically influenced the way that many of us live, but some people are being left behind. People with hearing loss and other disabilities have not received all of the benefits of modern technology, according to San Jose Mercury News Columnist Troy Wolverton. 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 »

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