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With ‘Direct Video Calling’, FCC Helps Open Phone Lines to ASL Users

This is a guest post from Robert McConnell and David Schmidt of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has led the way in developing a solution that can help other governmental entities and businesses expand their customer service centers beyond simple voice-based communication — with a video technology known as “Direct Video Calling”

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State Municipal Leagues Tell Congress: “Rebuild With Us”

This week, more than 38 executive directors and local leaders from 21 state municipal leagues across the country traveled to Washington, D.C., for NLC’s second annual state league advocacy fly-in. At meetings on Capitol Hill and at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), state municipal league partners and NLC staff advocated for our top legislative priorities

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Net Neutrality Is Just the Tip of the Preemption Iceberg

On Thursday, December 14, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted 3-2 to overturn the current network neutrality framework in its Restoring Internet Freedom order. The final order, which returns internet service to a “Title I” service under the Telecommunications Act, will no longer require that internet service providers treat all web traffic equally and will

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Three Reasons Why Net Neutrality Matters for Cities

On November 22, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai announced plans to roll back net neutrality regulations. The current regulations, which were adopted by the FCC in 2015, classified internet service as a “telecommunications service,” and required that all internet traffic be treated equally, without blocking, throttling (slowing down), or paid prioritization (so-called “fast

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Broadband in the United States

It isn’t new news that the United States lags in broadband adoption and download speeds.  The United States was one of the world leaders on broadband penetration in the 1990s, ranking fourth among other developed and developing nations.  But by 2006, the U.S.’s standing slipped drastically, according to the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development,

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I have high-speed, do you?

A recent Washington Post[1] article reported that almost 40 percent of Americans do not have high-speed Internet access at home. What is most interesting about the 40 percent statistic is that, even in places where broadband is available, not everyone subscribes to it.  While some urban households just don’t have the adequate computer components, a

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FCC Gives Cities A Preview of Broadband Plan

During a meeting of local elected officials, Blair Levin, executive director of the Federal Communications Commission, Omnibus Broadband Initiative gave a sneak peak at the soon to be released National Broadband Plan. “Broadband is the common medium this country uses…’ he said during the meeting, underlying the need for a stronger technological infrastructure that would

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