Digital Divide

A letter from the Leadership Conference, CWA, and other organizations to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler offers five principles to ensure the updated Lifeline program meets the needs of communities in the 21st century.
Legislation has been introduced that would direct the FCC to establish a broadband Lifeline program. Activists, regulators, and members of the telecommunications industry -- all are lending support.
FCC Chairman Wheeler wants to expand the Lifeline program to include high-speed Internet. This is an important step toward ensuring universal communications access.
The FCC is launching Phase II of the Connect America Fund, a program that aims to expand broadband to over 8.5 million rural Americans.
A recent study from the Pew Research Center found that roughly 1/3 of low-income households with children do not have access to high-speed Internet.
This week, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler used his blog to call attention to the vast world of video relay sign language interpreters.
According to a new ALA report, libraries have generally increased broadband speeds but "just 2 percent of all libraries meet national benchmarks established by the FCC."
As the Pew Internet Center said last week, ?Nearly two-thirds of Americans are now smartphone owners, and for many these devices are a key entry point to the online world.?
As AT&T continues to add 1 Gbps cities, CenturyLink is finding their FTTP service is gaining favor with Utah school districts and telecommuters.
Phase two of the Connect America Fund (CAF II) will offer some $1.7 billion annually through 2020 to AT&T, CenturyLink, Frontier, Windstream, and Verizon for rural broadband.