Universality

The Intergovernmental Advisory Committee filed comments in support of the FCC?s proposal to update the Lifeline program to include broadband, agreeing that high-speed Internet is a modern communications necessity.
A Leichtman Research Group study found that in the third quarter of 2015 the country?s largest cable and telephone companies added 645,000 new high-speed Internet subscriptions. The total broadband subscriptions is now more than 89 million.
The Communications Workers of America (CWA) today filed a letter with the Maryland Public Service Commission calling on the PSC to re-open an investigation into Verizon's quality of service on its copper network, which is the primary network serving much of the state, including Baltimore.
Boston wants FiOS, but Verizon told the City Council last week that it had no intention of building out its all-fiber service to the city.
Pressure grows on Verizon as NYC Council examines Verizon?s broken promise to build-out high-speed FiOS network.
The bipartisan bill aims to increase out-of-school access to digital learning resources.
CWA and the AFL-CIO, civil rights groups, public interest and consumer organizations, education advocates and library associations all filed comments at the FCC urging the agency to modernize the low-income subsidy program to support broadband services, quality standards, and to establish a neutral third-party eligibility verifier.
The joint Reply Comments support the FCC's proposal to update the Lifeline program and offer specific recommendations to promote the affordability of broadband services for low-income families.
Relying on data from the 2014 American Community Survey, the National Digital Inclusion Alliance released rankings for the 25 cities with the most households without Internet access.
In response to the Broadband Opportunity Council?s recommendations, the White House released a list of actions the federal government will implement over the next 18 months to expand broadband deployment and adoption.