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voting booths
Jun
30
2022

How to Increase Voter Turnout:
Broadband’s Surprising Impact

On November 8, Americans will have the chance to cast their votes in the 2022 midterm election. Occurring midway through a president’s term, midterm elections provide us the opportunity to vote for members of Congress as well as state and local representatives. Even though midterm elections can determine the fate of key political issues, they have historically low voter participation compared with presidential elections. The question of how to increase voter turnout has troubled policymakers for years, with suggestions ranging from making election day a federal holiday to providing paid time off to vote. But according to a recent study, there is another, less obvious way to boost voter turnout: expanding broadband access to more Americans.
Juneteenth
Jun
14
2022

Juneteenth 2022:
What to Watch to Celebrate and Commemorate

On Sunday, June 19, America will celebrate Juneteenth 2022. This will be only the second federal observance of a holiday that roots back to 1865. That year, two months after the surrender of Confederate forces at Appomattox—the event that brought the Civil War to a close—Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas. This was no ordinary visit: Grainger read out General Order Number 3 to the enslaved African Americans gathered in the area, bringing the news to them that they were free. Thus, the holiday “Juneteenth” was born.
pride month graphic
Jun
9
2022

Pride Month 2022:
Key LGBTQ+ Milestones in TV History

Pride month 2022 is here! Established in June to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Riots, Pride month represents a time to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community, take stock of the  struggles its faced against discrimination and harassment, and reflect on the impact that LGBTQ+ people have made on history—including on screen. While there is still progress to be made, LGBTQ+ television characters, shows, plots, and issues have made important advances over the past decades. 
Issues: Diversity on TV
couple using laptop
May
26
2022

The Affordable Connectivity Program:
Who’s Eligible, and How to Apply

The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is expanding. At a White House ceremony on May 9th, President Biden announced a landmark commitment from 20 internet service providers—including Comcast, Charter, Cox and Mediacom—to provide ACP-eligible households with robust high-speed internet service for free, after redeeming their monthly subsidy.
Issues: America's Wi-FiBroadband InfrastructureDistance LearningRural Broadband
WeOwnThisCityStill
May
25
2022

HBO Returns to Baltimore in “We Own This City”

Over the past few years, the issues of police brutality and civil rights have come to a head, notably in the worldwide protests after the murder of George Floyd in 2020. For many, the issue wasn’t new, it was a reality that had been by and large ignored for decades. In the years since, many cable TV programmers have renewed their focus on addressing systemic failures that disproportionately impact Black Americans, including HBO with the new limited series, “We Own This City.”
May
12
2022

TV and AAPI Heritage Month:
Celebrating Onscreen Strides in Diversity

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, a time when the U.S. pays tribute “to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America's history and are instrumental in its future success.” With television being a bellwether of cultural change, AAPI Heritage Month is also the right time to reflect on the representation of members of the Asian and Pacific Islander community on television and behind the screens.
Issues: Diversity on TV
couple reviewing budget
May
9
2022

Closing the Digital Divide Through Affordability Programs

President Biden announced the narrowing of America’s digital divide on May 9, 2022 at the White House and applauded broadband providers for their internet adoption efforts, including offering plans that enable low-income families to subscribe to 100 Mbps internet service for free when taking advantage of a $30 federal subsidy. With the recent implementation of the FCC's Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), broadband providers including Comcast, Charter, Cox and Mediacom introduced new internet plans throughout their service areas, allowing qualifying ACP households to obtain robust internet service for free after redemption of their ACP benefit. Interested families can find out if they qualify for the ACP benefit from the new federal government website GetInternet.gov.