Telecommunications

FCC Chair Rescinds Lifeline Eligibility to Broadband Providers

As a civil rights organization committed to the economic empowerment of the communities we serve, the National Urban League is a proponent of increasing broadband adoption among low-income communities and strong supporter of the Lifeline Program.

The Urban League recognizes that access to the Internet is not a luxury but a necessity in the 21st century economy for low-income communities of color to, at a minimum, gain access to employment opportunities, educational resources, and essential government services.  In essence, the Internet has become a “lifeline.”

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New Charter “Spectrum Internet Assist” Program Offers Low Cost High Speed Internet Service

Earlier this week, Charter announced the launch of “Spectrum Internet Assist,” a new standalone low-cost, high-speed broadband service.  With its introduction, Spectrum Internet Assist became an industry-leading low-cost broadband option program. It delivers speeds of 30/4 Mbps for $14.99 per month, which is three times the speed of other low-cost offerings on the market and is currently the only low-cost broadband offering that meets and exceeds the FCC’s own definition of “high-speed” internet. 
 

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Unlock the Plan for Public Comments

Since February, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler has been considering an “Unlock the Box,” proposal that would allow consumers to watch pay TV on a streaming device of their choice without having to rent a set-top box from a cable company. The National Urban League, other civil rights leaders and Congressional Members have consistently voiced concerns about the impact of such a proposal on independent programmers, diversity, consumer privacy, advertising, and copyrights.

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D.C. Circuit Finds for the FCC, But the Fight Is Far From Over

In a 2-1 decision, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals handed down one of the most highly anticipated telecom cases, United States Telecom Assoc. v. FCC. The decision gave the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Chairman Tom Wheeler a contentious win over the telecom and wireless industries.

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The National Urban League and other Civil Rights say Pause to FCC on “Unlock the Box” Proceedings

This week, the National Urban League was joined by nine other leading civil rights and social justice organizations in sending a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler urging the FCC “pause” its “Unlock the Box” proceedings to conduct a disparity study and properly assess whether and how the proposal addresses diversity. 

In order to better understand this complex issue we will first explain what “Unlock the Box” means for you.

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Opportunity Unchained: Paths for Diverse Participation in the Supply Chain

As part of the National Urban League’s commitment to Jobs Rebuild America, Senior Vice President for Policy, Don Cravins participated in a discussion with other thought leaders to discuss how telecom and broadband regulatory reform can advance opportunities for minority businesses.

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Net Neutrality Isn't So Neutral

Recently, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals defending it’s highly contentious Open Internet Order in United States Telecom Association, et al., v. Federal Communications Commission and United States of America.

This case will determine the fate of the FCC’s new Internet regulations, which quite contentiously reclassifies broadband as a telecommunications service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, and adopts three “bright line rules”:

o   No Blocking;

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