Items tagged "stimulus"

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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 Disappointed in Stimulus Bill Missing the Broadband Mark, Overlooking Struggling Local Media

March 25, 2020 Broadband Access , Broadband Deployment , coronavirus , geolocation , misinformation , stimulus

Today, the United States Senate voted to pass a stimulus bill, “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act,” to address the coronavirus pandemic by providing economic support for individual Americans and businesses. Unfortunately, the bill disregards broadband subsidies for low-income Americans, largely neglects broadband deployment, and rejects any requirements for broadband providers to drop data caps, overage fees, or throttling practices to keep people connected. The bill also overlooks support for local journalism, and privacy protections for geolocation and health data. Public Knowledge is very concerned that this bill misses an opportunity to help Americans on the wrong side of the digital divide during this time of crisis, as well as the local journalists they depend on.

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