News & Events

January 17, 2017 — News

MD Office of People’s Counsel urges PSC to investigate Verizon service

An analysis of 1,200 customer complaints from 2011 through the present shows a pattern of neglect, including de facto copper retirement and failure to fix its copper network.

January 17, 2017 — News

Pew: Home broadband adoption, smartphone ownership rise

As of November 2016, 73 percent of Americans have broadband service at home, but 12 percent of Americans can only connect to the Internet by mobile device.

January 13, 2017 — News

FCC releases strategies, recommendations for digital inclusion

One in three Americans, or 105 million people, lacks broadband at home, and cost is a major reason. The FCC makes clear that access to broadband is essential for economic opportunity and social inclusion.

January 13, 2017 — News

Study: More than half of US broadband households would upgrade to gigabit speeds, if offered

Speed matters, and consumers want service providers to build out the next generation of high-speed broadband networks.

January 5, 2017 — News

HUD issues new rules to narrow digital divide

HUD’s new rules are much-needed and demonstrate how federal agencies can adopt policies to encourage digital equality.

January 4, 2017 — News

Consumer group wants CFPB probe of T-Mobile’s unethical sales practices, fraud

Overly-aggressive sales metrics and intense pressure at T-Mobile creates incentives which put customers at risk for fraudulent enrollment: unauthorized services, unrequested equipment, and additional “ghost” lines unknowingly added to their accounts.

January 4, 2017 — News

Bernie Sanders joins CWA, IBEW in opposition to FairPoint job cuts

“These workers helped build the company’s value, yet they are being discarded as collateral damage of a sale designed to maximize profits for a tiny group of Wall Street hedge fund investors,” Sen. Sanders and Rep. Welch wrote.

January 4, 2017 — News

Canada declares high-speed broadband universal right

The CRTC ruled that all citizens should have access to 50/10 Mbps broadband Internet service at home and unlimited data on their mobile phones.

December 19, 2016 — News

AT&T deploys fiber-to-the-home service to 46 markets

AT&T has deployed bring FTTH service in 46 markets, as promised to the FCC as part of its DirecTV acquisition.

December 16, 2016 — News

NYT op-ed: digital giants Google, Facebook are the new monopolies

Google, Facebook, Apple, and Amazon have too much influence over consumers’ content decisions and, Jonathan Taplin argues, digital giants are the new monoplies.

December 16, 2016 — News

Free Press report: racial gaps in Internet adoption persist

Across annual income levels, people of color adopt home Internet service at lower rates, and the gap is widest among the poorest communities.

December 13, 2016 — News

Flight attendants oppose cell phone calls on airplanes

“Anything short of banning voice calls is reckless,” said Sara Nelson, president of AFA-CWA. "It threatens aviation security and increases the likelihood of conflict in the skies.”

December 13, 2016 — News

FiOS service begins in Boston by year end

FiOS expansion is good for Boston consumers seeking a competitive choice to cable and Verizon should expand to other East Coast cities. 

December 12, 2016 — News

Senators probe AT&T-Time Warner deal

AT&T and Time Warner executives promised lower prices and more wireless infrastructure, if the deal clears the Department of Justice.

December 12, 2016 — News

House passes bill to help veterans access broadband

The Improving Broadband Access for Veterans Act of 2016 directs the FCC to study and report to Congress the availability of broadband access to veterans.

December 8, 2016 — News

Consolidated Communications to buy FairPoint for $1.5 billion

Consolidated provides broadband and business services in 11 states. Purchasing FairPoint will help the company expand into northern New England.

December 8, 2016 — News

FCC’s latest Internet report: broadband connections, speeds are up

Since 2012, most of the growth in total Internet connections is attributable to growth in wireless Internet access: mobile Internet connections increased 49 percent.

December 2, 2016 — News

Does AT&T’s new DirecTV Now service violate net neutrality?

AT&T unveiled its plan to entice cord-cutters with its DirecTV Now streaming package, and launched the service despite concerns from the FCC.

December 2, 2016 — News

Black Friday shoppers chose e-commerce over brick-and-mortar stores

This shift highlights the importance of high-speed Internet access in the growing digital economy.

December 2, 2016 — News

AT&T opts out of low-income Lifeline program, other incumbents expected to follow

The company is choosing not to participate in the Lifeline for broadband program, citing administrative concerns. Verizon, CenturyLink, and Frontier are expected to follow AT&T’s lead.

December 1, 2016 — News

Bipartisan agreement: Trump infrastructure plan must include broadband

At the Washington, DC event, the senators emphasized that there is bipartisan consensus that broadband is essential to the economic vitality of communities across America.

December 1, 2016 — News

Altice takes aim at Verizon Fios with 10 gigabit fiber upgrade

The Amsterdam-based company plans to deliver 10 gigabit, fiber-to-the-premises connections in 20 states over the next five years.

November 28, 2016 — News

Apple offshores billions in 2016 to avoid US taxes

Apple’s offshore stockpile totals $216 billion, on which the company the foreign tax rate of only 4 percent. The US lost a total $67 billion in tax revenue from Apple’s financial manipulation.

November 28, 2016 — News

3Q16 continues broadband subscriber trend: telcos lose, cable gains

According to a Leichtman Research Group report, the top telco companies lost a combined 149,593 subscribers last quarter, while top cable companies gained a combined 774,965 broadband subscriber.