Federal Legislation

The FCC recently told Internet Service Providers that they ?? must disclose accurate information about their service offerings and make this information accessible to the public.?
In comments submitted to the FCC today, CWA and the NAACP said that the commission?s open Internet rule must be ?consistent with the need to promote job-creating investment and closing the digital divide.?
This month, the FCC will vote to expand closed captioning for all online video which was previously captioned on TV -- regardless of length.
The U.S. Supreme Court decided that video re-streaming start-up, Aereo, could not operate without paying for content -- a decision which saved thousands of jobs.
As Congress examined the proposed AT&T/DirecTV merger, CWA urged subcommittee chairs to approve it, saying it will "expand high road labor standards and create substantive video competition.?
This past week, FCC Chairman Wheeler released a draft order outlining steps needed to bring the E-Rate program into the 21st century.
Today, 13 major national education associations wrote to the FCC "to express our strong concerns with proposed changes we believe will only dilute an already over-subscribed E-rate Program [and fail] to meet the needs of urban, rural and low-density populated areas."
"I believe," wrote FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, "we should put those resources to work now to meet our educators? overwhelming pent-up demand for upgrading Wi-Fi at our schools and libraries."
FCC Chairman Wheeler told the House Commerce Committee, ?Last week, the Commission adopted that Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, beginning the process of crafting rules to protect and promote the open Internet..." In return, Wheeler got criticism from both sides.
To expand rural mobile broadband, said former House Telecommunications Chair Rick Boucher, ?Don?t restrict the auction by cutting out companies that currently serve rural America and want to expand their presence there.?