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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
rural broadband deployment
Apr
19
2022

Expanding Broadband to Hard-to-Reach Communities: How to Get the Job Done

In November 2021, Congress passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, a sweeping $1.2 trillion-dollar bill that includes a significant investment in broadband. A quick bipartisan infrastructure bill analysis shows $42.5 billion going to states to finance internet access, $14.2 billion to provide discounts on internet service and the purchase of a connected device through the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), and a further $2.75 billion to tackle the digital divide through initiatives such as Wi-Fi hotspots and digital literacy programs for seniors. Passage of the bill was a significant achievement, but there is still another hurdle to overcome: implementation. After allotting such a significant chunk of money to this effort, how do we ensure the funds are used effectively? We have ideas.
Issues: America's Wi-FiBroadband InfrastructureRural Broadband
father helping daughter with online learning
Feb
23
2022

The Path to 100% Broadband Connectivity: Building a Bridge to the Future

A broadband connection, in short, is the bridge from the present to the future. Despite the urgent necessity of internet access, there are still pockets of America that don’t have broadband connectivity. Let’s take a closer look at the industry’s efforts to improve broadband access for all Americans, and how government programs are helping bridge the digital divide.
Issues: America's Wi-FiBroadband InfrastructureRural Broadband
IT Techs working at data center
Nov
18
2021

Behind the Scenes of Broadband:
Hidden Benefits, Hidden Heroes

Every day, through our computers and mobile phones, our televisions and smart devices, broadband keeps us connected, working, and entertained. During the COVID-19 crisis, it has been a lifeline, allowing schools to operate, families to keep in touch, businesses to keep selling, and the public to stay informed. It seems virtually impossible to imagine how we would have weathered the pandemic without it. But behind the obvious benefits brought to us by blazing fast internet, broadband provides other fundamental gains – ones that are no less important for being less visible. Thanks to the recently released Investing in America report, let’s take a look at three of broadband’s hidden advantages.
Issues: America's Wi-FiBroadband InfrastructureRural Broadband