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What’s Next for the Affordable Connectivity Program?

Digital Beat What’s Next for the Affordable Connectivity Program? In an earlier article, we introduced the new Affordable Connectivity Program, created by Congress in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. But the Federal Communications Commission still has lots of work to do to ensure the program delivers affordable broadband to low-income households. Here’s what remains on the FCC […]

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Faster Home Broadband Should Be Enshrined in Law Outdated minimum speeds for home broadband were bad enough before the pandemic. It’s time to pick up the pace. THE WAY WE use the internet has changed—and fast. Before the pandemic, telecoms and internet service provider BT was handling five terabits of data every second from its UK customers during the day. When the pandemic hit and […]


“The Missing Millions – Democratizing Computation and Data to Bridge Digital Divides and Increase Access to Science for Underrepresented Communities.

JOIN THE CONVERSATION The digital gap between those communities that have access to technology and data and those that do not continues to grow. Please join us this Thursday, Dec. 16 at 1 p.m. EST to learn more about a recent effort to fully identify, explore, and bridge digital divides; and in case you missed it (ICYMI), […]

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Why Digital Equity Is About So Much More Than Access and Infrastructure By Beth Holland     Nov 30, 2021 TWEETSHAREEMAIL With the ambitious goal of closing the digital divide, Congress approved and President Biden recently signed into law $65 billion for broadband infrastructure—the largest federal investment in history. While this new legislation should absolutely be celebrated, we must recognize it as only a critical first step toward digital […]


An Evolving Level of Service:

How Lifeline and the New Affordable Connectivity Program Can Deliver the Broadband Low-Income Households Need How will the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act impact universal service policy and, specifically, the Lifeline program? The new law sets up a transition from the Emergency Broadband Benefit, a program that is only six months old, to the new, […]


The Affordable Connectivity Program

One of the programs to come out of the Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act is the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) which will replace the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program as the funding source to provide discounts on broadband for low-income households.  This program is being funded for $14.2 billion, which is part of the $65 […]

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Kudos on Broadband but a Long Way to Go on Communications

Click here to view this message on the web. Thursday, November 11, 2021 Digital Beat Kudos on Broadband but a Long Way to Go on Communications Passage of the Infrastructure legislation late last week was truly historic—surely the biggest boost ever to bringing high-speed broadband to every American household. To those of us who have […]


Project Empower: Cleveland’s Innovative Approach to Bridging the Digital Divide

Submitted on October 28, 2021 Wednesday, October 28, 2021 Digital Beat Located on the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland suffers from the highest rates of child poverty and the lowest rates of broadband access among the large cities in the United States. Faced with that reality, a Cleveland-based nonprofit, DigitalC, dedicated itself to bringing digital equity […]


GSMA Mobility 2021 REPORT

SOURCE Report as Ebook uring the COVID-19 pandemic and consequent economic turmoil, mobile internet connectivity continued to grow. For the first time, more than half of the world’s population – just over 4 billion people – are using mobile internet. In 2020, coverage continued to increase, with 94% of the population now covered […]



LET’S INTERPRET BROADBAND DATA TOGETHER!October 18, 2021Scott Wallsten BROADBANDDIGITAL DIVIDEMAP In June 2021, Consumer Reports (CR) released the results of a nationally representative survey related to broadband use. Figure 1 below shows some interesting results from that survey. On the heels of that survey, CR launched its “Let’s Broadband Together” initiative, which uses crowd-sourced methods to […]