Universality

As the Pew Internet Center said last week, ?Nearly two-thirds of Americans are now smartphone owners, and for many these devices are a key entry point to the online world.?
Phase two of the Connect America Fund (CAF II) will offer some $1.7 billion annually through 2020 to AT&T, CenturyLink, Frontier, Windstream, and Verizon for rural broadband.
?As broadband rapidly replaces voice service as the basic communications tool for our era, the FCC should rapidly update Lifeline to match the times," wrote the LCCHR.
Five years ago, Blair Levin oversaw the development of the National Broadband Plan; now, he's beginning a look back with Celebrating a Fifth O?Planniversary, on the Benton Foundation?s website.
FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn is supporting an upgrade and expansion of the Lifeline program which, she said, "was established in the mid '80s, has been stuck in the mid '80s.?
Analyst Craig Moffett wrote, ?Google Fiber is a bit like Ebola: very scary and something to be taken seriously. [However] it gets more press attention than it deserves.?
?Most consumers and policymakers view mobile broadband connections as being complementary, rather than a replacement for, wireline broadband connections,? wrote NTCA.
In 2014, 3 million new broadband users signed up: 2.7 million with cable firms and the rest with AT&T and Verizon.
Mark Cooper of the Consumer Federation of America urged the FCC to give online video providers the same programming access as MVPDs.

Google VP Sundar Pichai recently said the company will create a cellular plan, as a way "to improve connectivity on mobile phones."