Universality

The money will help the carrier expand broadband service to more than 800,000 rural customers across 17 states.
Private sector initiatives like Comcast?s Internet Essentials and AT&T?s commitment to offer affordable options are steps in the right direction to reduce the economic barriers to broadband access. But less than half of households in the lowest-income quintile have Internet at home.
Broadband is a necessity for all Americans, including low-income households.
The partnership between federal programs, Internet service providers, and local governments will extend high-speed broadband to low-income households, closing the homework gap and providing more Americans with digital opportunity.
A Pew Research Center study on American Internet adoption since 2000 found that although differences in adoption have closed, gaps still remain.
A Minn. telco represented by CWA won an award for its GigaZone project, an initiative to bring high-speed Internet to 5,000 square miles of rural Minnesota.
The union praised the outcome of an FCC vote, which moves forward the rule-changing process to expand the Lifeline program to include broadband.
The money will help the carrier expand broadband service to more than 1.3 million rural customers across 28 states.
CWA filed comments to a cross-agency initiative that aims to stimulate broadband investment in federal programs, calling for the expansion of the Lifeline program to include broadband and advocating for policies to support good jobs for telecommunications workers.
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.