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FCC: Up to 24 Million Americans Don’t Have Broadband Access

In its Sixth Broadband Deployment Report, the FCC painted a decidedly grim picture of the state of universal broadband access in the United States. The Commission estimates that between 14 and 24 million Americans still lack access to broadband Internet. As a result, the Commission concluded — for the first time — that broadband is not "being deployed to all Americans in a reasonable and timely fashion," as directed by Congres. Read More »

Broadband is Key to Reinventing Education

According to a recent opinion piece in the Washington Post, e-learning has the potential to revolutionize the way American students learn inside and outside of the classroom. Read More »

Senate committee approves new technology accessibility standards

The Senate Commerce Committee approved legislation that would require electronics companies to make their products more accessible to the hearing and vision impaired, extending the promise of cutting-edge technologies to millions of disabled Americans. Read More »

CWA Says Congress Must Act Now to Affirm FCC Authority to Protect Internet Consumers

The Communications Workers of America (CWA) has filed comments in response to the FCC’s Title I/Title II Notice of Inquiry to “identify the legal approach that will best support its efforts to ensure universal access to affordable, high-quality broadband services.” Read More »

FCC Commits More Funds To Connect Rural Health Providers

The FCC is aiming to close the digital divide in healthcare with an ambitious retooling of the Rural Health Care Support Mechanism, one of four programs funded by the Universal Service Fund. Read More »

Skepticism of Comcast-NBCU Merger Dominates FCC Hearing

A sweeping chorus of voices came out in opposition to the proposed Comcast-NBCU merger at an FCC field hearing in Chicago on July 13. Read More »

CWA Files Comments with the FCC on Universal Service Fund Reform

This week, CWA filed formal comments for the FCC’s Notice of Inquiry on the question of how to reform the High-Cost programs of the Universal Service Fund (USF). Read More »

Hoyer Announces Support for Targeted Legislation to Affirm FCC Authority over Broadband

Congress must step in to clarify FCC authority to protect broadband consumers, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) announced. Read More »

Changes Proposed for the FCC’s E-Rate Program

The FCC has taken the first steps toward implementing the National Broadband Plan’s vision for an enhanced E-rate program, which provides educational institutions with discounts for high-speed Internet. While E-rate has successfully increased connectivity at schools and libraries across the country, the program has never kept up with the demand from America's educational community. Read More »

FCC to Create a New “Internet Speed Map” of America

Last week I attended a meeting held by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to discuss a new initiative, previously recommended by the Omnibus Broadband Initiative, which will scientifically measure internet speeds nationwide. Read More »

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