Digital Divide

AT&T?s new discounted program is good for the millions of low-income households in their 21-state wireline footprint.
Verizon shares are down 4 percent to $49.68 and the company warned that the ongoing strike by CWA and IBEW members could damage second quarter earnings.
Republican lawmakers want to deny subsidies to eligible participants, undoing recent progress made to the Lifeline program and maintaining the digital divide.
The launch will serve about 35,000 residential and small business customers in those markets.
The United States ranked 16th globally for average broadband speed with 14.2 Mbps., and Internet use increased rapidly among African Americans, Hispanics, and Alaska Natives.
?This subsidy is an important step toward ensuring that all Americans can share in the benefits that broadband access provides,? said CWA President Chris Shelton.
Five public interest and labor organizations -- the Communications Workers of America, Public Knowledge, the Center for Media Justice/MAG-Net, and Color of Change -- delivered the petitions to the FCC.
Total number of broadband subscriptions is now more than 90 million, with top cable companies having about 55.2 million broadband subscribers, and top telephone companies having 35.1 million subscribers.
When asked by News 7 what he feared about lacking a landline connection, Martin Towey, who has Parkinson?s disease and lives alone, responded: ?That I?m on the floor and can?t get up, I can?t call a doctor. It?s ridiculous.?