National Broadband Plan
Verizon-Google Proposal for Web Traffic: Statement by Consumers Union and Consumer Federation of America
August 9th, 2010; WASHINGTON, D.C. — Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports magazine, and Consumer Federation of America today expressed serious concerns about a proposed arrangement by Verizon and Google to handle web traffic. Consumer groups have advocated for “net neutrality” rules to maintain an open Internet where consumers can choose web content and applications without restrictions imposed by their Internet service providers.
The Federal Communications Commission has released the country’s first national broadband plan, and ambitious program to push out high speed Internet service to the nearly 100 million Americans who have no access to it now. We believe real competition in the broadband market must be a key ingredient.
FCC Commissioner Clyburn calls out big Internet service providers on relentless rate hikes, and we like what she said.
More than 93 million Americans are not connected to high-speed Internet at home, according to a new survey from the Federal Communications Commission. We are hopeful a soon-to-be released National Broadband Plan will tackle that problem directly and aggressively.
WASHINGTON, D.C., January 29, 2010 — Citing a major new report entitled Digital Exclusion in America, public interest groups are calling on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to live up to the bold vision laid out by Congress for the National Broadband Plan.