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“[W]e have to understand where communications fell short, where recovery took too long, and what changes can be made to make our networks more resilient before the next unthinkable event occurs,” said FCC Acting Chair Jessica Rosenworcel.
“As the state moves forward with its aggressive and laudable plans to ensure all Californians have access and the means to use broadband and wireless services, we must also collaboratively discuss the quality of those services,” said Amy Yip-Kikugawa, Acting Director of the Public Advocates Office.
“The company would prefer to work with all contractors,” said Frontier technician Tom Gardella to the LA Times. “[But] the contractors aren’t as invested as the employees. We’re in it for the quality because we’re in this for the long term. They’re in it for the piece-work.”
Fed up with slow dial-up speeds, residents along the North Shore of Lake Tahoe have taken matters into their own hands to get better access to high speed internet. Citizens in Carnelian Bay area began circulating a petition last month aimed at convincing telecom companies that there is sufficient demand to justify building out high speed internet infrastructure in the Lake Tahoe region.
The New York State Legislature is considering a bill--the New York Telecommunications Reform Act of 2007--that would go a long way toward providing universal high speed internet access in the state.
In addition to CWA President Larry Cohen's testimony before the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, Free Press Policy Director Ben Scott also spoke in support of the draft of the Broadband Census of America Act.
Today, CWA President Larry Cohen took the case for universal high speed internet access to the U.S. Congress. He testified before the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, which is chaired by Rep. Edward Markey, who understands the importance of high speed internet.
We've already explained how Verizon's proposed $2.7 billion sale of local lines in Vermont is a bad deal for residents of New England. Now, former CWA staffer Steve Early has contributed a thorough analysis to The Nation's website.
If there's still any doubt that changes in public policy can have a huge impact on high speed internet access, just look at recent developments in Missouri.
Staying connected is essential for government officials - even the President of the United States.
Add Richard Howorth, mayor of Oxford, Mississippi, to the list of local leaders working to expand high speed internet access to their communities. He is developing a pilot project which would unite his city and nearby rural areas in an effort to connect to fiber internet connections.