Consumer Protections and Good Jobs

Last month, three of the people most likely to become president endorsed strategies to improve high-speed Internet access all across the country. Check out the video highlights.
As a vacation getaway, Lake Tahoe is practically flawless. Its picturesque views, ski resorts and water activities attract millions of visitors. But permanent residents of the region have found at least one serious problem: a lack of high speed internet access.
Encouraging signs are coming from Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has announced her intention to move forward on a set of programs called the "Innovation Agenda."
Virginia's communications consumers are at risk of losing one of their most important protections. The Communications Workers of America is standing up to try and stop this corporate attack on consumer rights.
Comcast, a major provider of Internet access, has come under fire for shutting customers off if they violate an unstated "acceptable use" policy.
You might expect that in the heart of the Silicon Valley high speed internet would be a given, but that is not necessarily the case. Speed Matters blogger Roger Osburne recently heard from CWA member Yonah Diamond. The Good News is he got great speed of 15 mb. The Bad News is he was sitting in a conference room at an AT&T Data Center and not at home.
Tomorrow, consumers and workers will rally in Portland Maine's Monument Square, where they'll demand fairness from the telecommunications industry.
We've been keeping an eye on Verizon's proposed sale of 1.5 million Vermont land lines to FairPoint Communications, and the likely negative impact it will have on high speed internet access in rural New England. FairPoint, it seems, is in no position to build the infrastructure needed to bring high speed internet to rural communities.
The Alliance for Public Technology, an organization devoted to promoting fast and affordable internet access for all, has published an in-depth report on the need for universal high-speed internet. In the report, APT makes the crucial distinction that high speed is "no longer a convenience but an essential part of life" underscoring the insufficiencies of current national policies.
The Workers Independent News interviewed CWA President Larry Cohen for their special radio report about Speed Matters.