Items tagged "internet inequality"

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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 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 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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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 Applauds FCC Chairman Pai for Order Boosting Rural Broadband Spectrum

October 6, 2020 Digital Divide , FCC , internet inequality , Rural Broadband Access , Spectrum , tv white spaces , TVWS

Today, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Pai published a draft Report and Order to help close the digital divide by allowing devices that use unlicensed spectrum to provide better broadband coverage in rural and unserved areas.

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Public Knowledge Urges FCC to Open New Application Window to Connect Tribes

September 3, 2020 Digital Divide , internet inequality , Rural Broadband , Rural Broadband Access , Tribal Broadband , tribal priority window

Yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission closed its 2.5 GHz Rural Tribal Priority Window, the agency’s first filing window designed to help rural Tribes secure spectrum needed to provide broadband for their communities.

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