Federal Legislation

A recent story in The Wall Street Journal shows the lack of high-speed broadband competition in the U.S., and how it would look if Comcast acquires Time Warner.
SoftBank and Sprint President Masayoshi Son tried to convince the U.S. business community that it would be good for the country if regulators let him buy T-Mobile. So, analysts at CWA took a critical look at some of Son?s points.
The Philadelphia Inquirer said, "... by not registering as a lobbyist, [Comcast VP David L.] Cohen doesn't face limits on travel with lawmakers and doesn't have to file reports on his contributions to campaigns or lawmakers' pet foundations."
E-Rate is the federal program aiming to provide schools and libraries with up-to-date broadband connectivity. Yesterday, the FCC?s Wireline Competition Bureau asked for focused comment on its E-rate Modernization Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.
Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) today warned Sprint and T-Mobile that any attempt to consolidate the wireless market "will naturally raise concerns."
Chairman Tom Wheeler said that -- despite last month's court ruling -- the FCC "has the authority it needs to provide what the public needs ? open, competitive, safe, and accessible broadband networks."
According to the Leading Education by Advancing Digital Commission, ?An overwhelming 83% of voters support a proposal to put high-speed Internet access in all American public schools within the next 5 years.
An American Library Association official said, ?ConnectED must include professional development and support for school librarians... to ensure students have the digital literacy and research skills necessary to effectively use those devices.?
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said, ?In the Internet age, every student in America should have access to state-of-the-art educational tools, which are increasingly interactive, individualized and bandwidth-intensive."
According to the U.K.'s Guardian newspaper, ?Among (U.S.) households with incomes of $30,000 and less only 54% have access to broadband at home...?