Items tagged "Broadband Access"

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The Major Obstacle Preventing Americans from Getting the Emergency Broadband Benefit

August 24, 2021 Broadband , Broadband Access , Broadband Affordability , EBB , Emergency Broadband Benefit , Legislation

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic in our country, millions of Americans cannot connect to the internet because they can’t afford to, preventing them from going to school, working, accessing government benefits and connecting with friends and family. To remedy this problem, Congress created the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB), which offers low-income consumers a $50 discount on […]

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Public Knowledge Applauds Senate for Moving to Close Digital Divide

August 10, 2021 Affordable Broadband , Broadband Access , broadband infrastructure , internet inequality

Today, the U.S. Senate voted 69-30 to pass an infrastructure package that includes an estimated $65 billion dollar broadband proposal designed to “bring affordable, reliable, high-speed broadband to every American.” Public Knowledge commends the bipartisan group and the Biden administration for taking this important step to narrow the digital divide by funding more broadband deployment and working to make broadband affordable for everyone, but especially for low-income consumers.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes Bill Prohibiting Broadband Providers From Digitally Redlining Communities of Color

August 3, 2021 Broadband Access , Digital Redlining , internet inequality

Last Friday, Rep. Yvette D. Clarke (D-NY) introduced the “Anti-Digital Redlining Act of 2021” to require the Federal Communications Commission to create rules to prohibit digital redlining, and to prohibit exclusive agreements between broadband providers and multidwelling units that limit competition. Public Knowledge commends Rep. Clarke for working to ensure that everyone — regardless of their income or color of their skin — has access to high-quality, affordable broadband.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes New Policy Counsel Nicholas P. Garcia To Bolster Advocacy Efforts

July 19, 2021 Broadband Access , Broadband Affordability , Digital Divide , internet inequality , Net Neutrality

Public Knowledge welcomes Nicholas P. Garcia, Policy Counsel, to our team to focus on net neutrality, closing the digital divide, and broadband affordability.

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Public Knowledge Joins National Broadband Affordability Initiative to Connect America

July 13, 2021 Affordable Broadband , Broadband Access , Broadband Affordability , Digital Divide , internet inequality

Today, Public Knowledge joined Consumer Reports and more than 40 public interest and consumer groups in a national broadband affordability initiative to fight for quality, affordable broadband for everyone. The “Broadband Together” campaign urges consumers to share their internet bills at broadbandtogether.org to help analyze the cost, quality, and speeds being delivered to communities across the country.

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Public Knowledge Joins Amicus Brief Urging Court to Overturn Sony V. Cox Decision

June 2, 2021 Broadband Access , Copyright , Litigation

Yesterday, Public Knowledge filed an amici curiae brief in the 4th Circuit’s review of the Sony v. Cox lawsuit.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes FCC Launch of New $50 Broadband Subsidy To Connect Struggling Families

May 12, 2021 Broadband Access , Digital Divide , EBB , FCC

Today, the Federal Communications Commission launched the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, a $3.2 billion federal initiative to provide qualifying households $50 discounts on their internet service bills and an opportunity to receive a discount on a computer, laptop, or tablet. The program created by Congress subsidizes broadband and device payments for low-income consumers or families hit hard by the pandemic, including students and the unemployed.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes Bill Investing $94 Billion to Connect More Families

March 11, 2021 Broadband Access , Broadband Affordability , Broadband Deployment , Digital Divide , internet inequality , Rural Digital Divide

Today, Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) reintroduced the “Accessible, Affordable Internet for All Act” in both the U.S. House and Senate to invest $100 billion to connect more people. Public Knowledge commends Rep. Clyburn, Sen. Klobuchar, and the House Rural Broadband Task Force for working to provide high-speed broadband access to more families.

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Public Knowledge Applauds Senate Passage of COVID-19 Legislation To Help Connect Students Without Broadband at Home

March 6, 2021 Broadband Access , coronavirus , Covid-19 , E-Rate , Homework Gap , internet inequality

Today, the U.S. Senate passed the next round of desperately needed  COVID-19 relief. Among other provisions, the relief bill helps students access broadband — or stay connected — during the pandemic by providing additional funding for the E-rate program to cover for K-12 distance learning.

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Public Knowledge Celebrates FCC Action To Connect the Vulnerable With New $50 Broadband Subsidy

February 26, 2021 Broadband Access , Broadband Affordability , broadband subsidy , coronavirus , Covid-19 , EBB , FCC

Yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission voted on circulation to approve a Report and Order to establish the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, a $3.2 billion federal initiative to provide qualifying households discounts on their internet service bills and an opportunity to receive a discount on a computer, laptop, or tablet. The program created by Congress subsidizes broadband and device payments for low-income consumers or families hit hard by the pandemic, including students and the unemployed.

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