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Five years into the National Broadband Plan

Five years ago, Blair Levin oversaw the development of the National Broadband Plan; now, he's beginning a look back with Celebrating a Fifth O’Planniversary, on the Benton Foundation’s website. Read More »

Expand Lifeline to include broadband

FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn is supporting an upgrade and expansion of the Lifeline program which, she said, "was established in the mid '80s, has been stuck in the mid '80s.” Read More »

Google Fiber: Killer Rabbit or Tiny Bunny?

Analyst Craig Moffett wrote, “Google Fiber is a bit like Ebola: very scary and something to be taken seriously. [However] it gets more press attention than it deserves.” Read More »

Landlines. Accept no Substitutes.

“Most consumers and policymakers view mobile broadband connections as being complementary, rather than a replacement for, wireline broadband connections,” wrote NTCA. Read More »

FCC Releases Open Internet Rules

This week the FCC released the full 400 page Report And Order detailing the new Open Internet rules. Read More »

CWA, NAACP Challenge DISH Abuse of FCC Small and Minority Business Rules

CWA and the NAACP are challenging DISH Network’s manipulation of the FCC’s “small and minority-owned business rules” that enabled DISH to grab $3.25 billion from the FCC spectrum auction. Read More »

Cable giants still adding new broadband users

In 2014, 3 million new broadband users signed up: 2.7 million with cable firms and the rest with AT&T and Verizon. Read More »

Breaking the Cable Bundle

Mark Cooper of the Consumer Federation of America urged the FCC to give online video providers the same programming access as MVPDs. Read More »

Silicon Valley Rising

Silicon Valley Rising is a new California coalition of labor and community groups that aims to “raise wages, create affordable housing and build a tech economy that works for everyone.” Read More »

Google to become wireless operator – sort of

Google VP Sundar Pichai recently said the company will create a cellular plan, as a way “to improve connectivity on mobile phones.” Read More »

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