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Mignon Clyburn Blasts Carriers For Raising Broadband Prices; Urges National Digital Literacy Corps

WASHINGTON, March 10, 2010 – With the national broadband plan due to be unveiled next Tuesday at the Federal Communications Commission, the commissioners have been speaking about issues surrounding broadband adoption.

Commissioner Mignon Clyburn has been particularly vocal about the need for affordable rates and increased digital literacy; both issues ranked at the top of reasons why non-adopters claim to not use the internet.

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WASHINGTON, March 10, 2010 – With the national broadband plan due to be unveiled next Tuesday at the Federal Communications Commission, the commissioners have been speaking about issues surrounding broadband adoption.

Commissioner Mignon Clyburn has been particularly vocal about the need for affordable rates and increased digital literacy; both issues ranked at the top of reasons why non-adopters claim to not use the internet.

On Wednesday, Clyburn released a statement expressing her dismay at recent news that many broadband providers will be raising their rates.

“Across-the-board price increases, especially on those who can least afford it, should raise a red flag for the Commission. When prices rise across the industry, and where there are only a limited number of players in the game, we have to ask ourselves whether there is any meaningful competition in the marketplace. Moreover, when executives from major broadband providers indicate that they will only roll out faster speeds in the few markets where they have competition, our fears about whether meaningful competition exists should grow. If we fail to think deeply about these issues, consumers will suffer, and low-income Americans in particular will be left long behind.”

Clyburn’s statement may signal that the FCC may begin to think about regulating service prices.

In her statement, she also mentioned one of the many new programs that the FCC is expected to urge in the national broadband plan that could expand digital literacy. The FCC proposes the creation of a “national digital literacy corps in order to help individuals who are unfamiliar with or intimidated by the on-line world develop the skills they need to be comfortable on-line and to take full advantage of all it has to offer.”

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Labor Department Official Addresses Apprenticeships at Wireless Infrastructure Event

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WASHINGTON, March 10, 2010 – With the national broadband plan due to be unveiled next Tuesday at the Federal Communications Commission, the commissioners have been speaking about issues surrounding broadband adoption.

Commissioner Mignon Clyburn has been particularly vocal about the need for affordable rates and increased digital literacy; both issues ranked at the top of reasons why non-adopters claim to not use the internet.

On Wednesday, Clyburn released a statement expressing her dismay at recent news that many broadband providers will be raising their rates.

“Across-the-board price increases, especially on those who can least afford it, should raise a red flag for the Commission. When prices rise across the industry, and where there are only a limited number of players in the game, we have to ask ourselves whether there is any meaningful competition in the marketplace. Moreover, when executives from major broadband providers indicate that they will only roll out faster speeds in the few markets where they have competition, our fears about whether meaningful competition exists should grow. If we fail to think deeply about these issues, consumers will suffer, and low-income Americans in particular will be left long behind.”

Clyburn’s statement may signal that the FCC may begin to think about regulating service prices.

In her statement, she also mentioned one of the many new programs that the FCC is expected to urge in the national broadband plan that could expand digital literacy. The FCC proposes the creation of a “national digital literacy corps in order to help individuals who are unfamiliar with or intimidated by the on-line world develop the skills they need to be comfortable on-line and to take full advantage of all it has to offer.”

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Texas Education Commissioner Says State Has Closed Digital Divide Through Access to Computers

Derek Shumway

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WASHINGTON, March 10, 2010 – With the national broadband plan due to be unveiled next Tuesday at the Federal Communications Commission, the commissioners have been speaking about issues surrounding broadband adoption.

Commissioner Mignon Clyburn has been particularly vocal about the need for affordable rates and increased digital literacy; both issues ranked at the top of reasons why non-adopters claim to not use the internet.

On Wednesday, Clyburn released a statement expressing her dismay at recent news that many broadband providers will be raising their rates.

“Across-the-board price increases, especially on those who can least afford it, should raise a red flag for the Commission. When prices rise across the industry, and where there are only a limited number of players in the game, we have to ask ourselves whether there is any meaningful competition in the marketplace. Moreover, when executives from major broadband providers indicate that they will only roll out faster speeds in the few markets where they have competition, our fears about whether meaningful competition exists should grow. If we fail to think deeply about these issues, consumers will suffer, and low-income Americans in particular will be left long behind.”

Clyburn’s statement may signal that the FCC may begin to think about regulating service prices.

In her statement, she also mentioned one of the many new programs that the FCC is expected to urge in the national broadband plan that could expand digital literacy. The FCC proposes the creation of a “national digital literacy corps in order to help individuals who are unfamiliar with or intimidated by the on-line world develop the skills they need to be comfortable on-line and to take full advantage of all it has to offer.”

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AT&T CEO John Stankey Joins Call For E-Rate Expansion To Households

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WASHINGTON, March 10, 2010 – With the national broadband plan due to be unveiled next Tuesday at the Federal Communications Commission, the commissioners have been speaking about issues surrounding broadband adoption.

Commissioner Mignon Clyburn has been particularly vocal about the need for affordable rates and increased digital literacy; both issues ranked at the top of reasons why non-adopters claim to not use the internet.

On Wednesday, Clyburn released a statement expressing her dismay at recent news that many broadband providers will be raising their rates.

“Across-the-board price increases, especially on those who can least afford it, should raise a red flag for the Commission. When prices rise across the industry, and where there are only a limited number of players in the game, we have to ask ourselves whether there is any meaningful competition in the marketplace. Moreover, when executives from major broadband providers indicate that they will only roll out faster speeds in the few markets where they have competition, our fears about whether meaningful competition exists should grow. If we fail to think deeply about these issues, consumers will suffer, and low-income Americans in particular will be left long behind.”

Clyburn’s statement may signal that the FCC may begin to think about regulating service prices.

In her statement, she also mentioned one of the many new programs that the FCC is expected to urge in the national broadband plan that could expand digital literacy. The FCC proposes the creation of a “national digital literacy corps in order to help individuals who are unfamiliar with or intimidated by the on-line world develop the skills they need to be comfortable on-line and to take full advantage of all it has to offer.”

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