Digital Divide

FCC Commissioners Clyburn and Rosenworcel indicate support to extend Lifeline universal service to broadband.
The FCC approved further modernization of its E-rate program, and raised the Connect America Fund?s benchmark speed to 10/4 mbps, moves immediately praised by CWA and other organizations.
CWA today congratulated the FCC on its move to raise the annual cap on E-rate funding by $1.5 billion.
FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel wrote that the E-Rate program, "... is the nation's largest education technology program. It helps schools and libraries in every state, by supporting access to modern communications and the Internet.?
The UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU) annual report says, ?... by the 
end 2014, almost 3 billion people will be using the Internet, up from 2.7 billion at end
 2013.?
In his blog on November 20, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler addressed expanding high-speed broadband into rural areas through both the E-rate program and the Connect America Fund.
AT&T's pause in building GigaPower fiber to the home doesn't apply to its current goals, but the company may stop there if the administration declares the Internet a regulated utility.
Google recently applied for a franchise to bring 1 Gbps fiber to the Nashville metro area ? with plans to begin work as soon as possible.
This week, the FCC adopted a notice of proposed rulemaking designed to protect consumers in the transition from copper, circuit-switched to IP based networks.
?The Communications Workers of America supports FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposal to raise the cap on E-Rate funding."