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Do We Still Have Broadband HEROES?

 You’re reading the Benton Institute for Broadband & Society’s Weekly Digest, a recap of the biggest (or most overlooked) broadband stories of the week. The digest is delivered via e-mail each Friday. Round-Up for the Week of September 28-October 2, 2020 This week, House Democrats unveiled an updated version of the HEROES Act, a pandemic-relief bill the […]

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Creating Opportunity: New Jobs Require Digital Skills and Broadband

About one-third of the U.S. job market is made up of middle-skill jobs, which do not require four-year college degrees. Data indicate that the number of these jobs exceeds the supply of available workers. The skills needed for these jobs include facility with the internet and computers. These digital skills are a pathway to good […]

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Broadband’s Role in Building a Just Society

 You’re reading the Benton Institute for Broadband & Society’s Weekly Digest, a recap of the biggest (or most overlooked) broadband stories of the week. The digest is delivered via e-mail each Friday. Honoring Juneteenth, today we share an editorial from Benton Executive Director Adrianne B. Furniss Round-Up for the Week of June 15-19, 2020 Perhaps there’s no better day […]

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The Internet is Not Working for Everyone

May 26, 2020Source: Benton Institute for Broadband & SocietyAuthor: Kevin TaglangCoverage Type: Analysis We’re all obviously aware of the unprecedented National Emergency President Donald Trump declared on March 13, 2020 and the shelter-at-home orders many have lived under in the last few months. Telework, telehealth, and distance education have all boomed during this time, testing residential broadband networks […]

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While More Americans Rely on Parking Lot Wi-Fi, Many Public Libraries Do Not Have Adequate Broadband

Many digital equity advocates applauded the Federal Communications Commission’s recent clarification explicitly allowing public schools and libraries to let their communities access E-Rate-supported Wi-Fi services while their buildings are closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. This development will hopefully make public libraries feel more comfortable sharing their E-Rate-supported Wi-Fi access without fearing any penalties from the FCC. And, […]

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Stick to Principle: Connect Our Kids

 You’re reading the Benton Institute for Broadband & Society’s Weekly Digest, a recap of the biggest (or most overlooked) broadband stories of the week. The digest is delivered via e-mail each Friday. Round-Up for the Week of April 20-24, 2020 If you are old enough to recall the passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, […]

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Keeping K‐12 Students Online and Learning – There’s a Plan for That

 You’re reading the Benton Institute for Broadband & Society’s Weekly Digest, a recap of the biggest (or most overlooked) broadband stories of the week. The digest is delivered via e-mail each Friday. Round-Up for the Week of April 13-17, 2020 As of April 13, 2020, school closures in the U. S. have impacted at least […]

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Our Broadband Moment–Acting Now and Looking Forward

Copyright Benton Foundation Eleven years ago Congress instructed the Federal Communications Commission to develop a national broadband plan to ensure that all Americans had affordable access to broadband and that America utilized broadband to advance a number of national purposes, including health care, education, job training, public safety, and economic growth. Ten years ago this week, the […]