Items tagged "Digital Divide"

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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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The Emergency Broadband Benefit is a Glimpse of a Truly Connected Country

May 12, 2021 Broadband , Broadband Access , broadband subsidy , Digital Divide , EBB

This week, eligible Americans can apply for the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) – a direct payment from the government to subsidize broadband. It will provide a discount of up to $50 per month (or $75 per month for those on Tribal lands) to help struggling families and students to pay for broadband access during the […]

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It’s 2021. Why is Redlining Still Happening?

April 26, 2021 Broadband Access , Digital Divide , Digital Redlining

A lot of people who live in low-income or marginalized communities — including urban, rural and Tribal communities — can tell you that they have super slow broadband (if they even have it at all). Meanwhile, just a few blocks away, a hamlet over, or just outside the reservation boundaries, their wealthier (and often whiter) […]

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Public Knowledge Hails President Biden for $100 Billion Dollar Bid To Make Broadband Available and Affordable for All

March 31, 2021 Affordability , Affordable Broadband , Digital Divide , internet inequality , Municipal Broadband , Rural Broadband , Rural Digital Divide , Tribal Broadband

Today, President Joe Biden unveiled a massive infrastructure package that dedicates $100 billion to “bring[ing] affordable, reliable, high-speed broadband to every American.”

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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 Welcomes FCC Action to Use 12 GHz Band to Close Digital Divide

January 13, 2021 12 GHz , Digital Divide , Rural Access , Wi-Fi

Last night, the Federal Communications Commission voted to approve a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that could potentially leverage spectrum sharing technology to help close the digital divide.

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FCC Chairman Pai Moves to Leverage 12 GHz Band to Close Digital Divide

December 29, 2020 12 GHz , 5G , Digital Divide , FCC , internet inequality , Spectrum , Spectrum Reform , Wireless , wireless broadband

Last week, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai circulated a draft Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that could potentially leverage spectrum sharing technology to help close the digital divide. Adding the 12 GHz band to the agency’s “5G FAST Plan” would make an additional 500 MHz of contiguous spectrum available for two-way fixed and mobile 5G wireless broadband services, while protecting incumbent satellite uses (including satellite broadband) from harmful interference.

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Public Knowledge Joins 39 Groups Urging Congress to Include Broadband Subsidy in Stimulus Bills

December 8, 2020 Broadband Access , broadband subsidy , coronavirus , Covid-19 , Digital Divide , Rural Access , stimulus

Today, Public Knowledge joins 39 other public interest, government, civil rights, labor, higher education, and rural advocacy groups in a letter urging Congress to offer a federal broadband subsidy in forthcoming COVID-19 stimulus packages.

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Public Knowledge Applauds FCC Reclaiming Spectrum to Help Close Digital Divide

November 18, 2020 Broadband Access , Digital Divide , DSRC , FCC , Rural Broadband , Spectrum

Today, the Federal Communications Commission unanimously adopted an Order reclaiming the 45 MHz spectrum band from the auto industry in order to help close the digital divide.

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Public Knowledge Applauds FCC Move to Reclaim Spectrum to Connect Rural America

October 27, 2020 5.9GHz band , Digital Divide , FCC

Today, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced that he will circulate a draft Order to reclaim 45 MHz from the auto industry to help close the digital divide.

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