The Major Obstacle Preventing Americans from Getting the Emergency Broadband Benefit

By  Jenna Leventoff  August 24, 2021 Broadband, Broadband Access, Broadband Affordability, EBB, Emergency Broadband Benefit, Legislation Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic in our country, millions of Americans cannot connect to the internet because they can’t afford to, preventing them from going to school, working, accessing government benefits and connecting with friends and family. To remedy this problem, Congress created the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB), which offers […]

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The benefits and costs of broadband expansion

Sophia Campbell, Jimena Ruiz Castro, and David WesselWednesday, August 18, 2021 Sophia Campbell Senior Research Assistant – Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy Jimena Ruiz Castro Research Intern – The Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy David Wessel Director – The Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy  Senior Fellow – Economic Studies davidmwessel The shift of work and […]

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Tribal wireless boot camp builds community for broadband

Participants in the tribal wireless boot camp learn about how to configure a wireless network. (Christopher Mitchell / Institute for Local Self-Reliance by Colin WoodJUL 26, 2021 | STATESCOOP Several nonprofit groups held a “wireless boot camp” for tribal nations from Northern California this month, the first in what organizers said will be a series […]

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Consumer Reports: Millions of Americans Lack Fast Internet Service

 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. This week, guest author James K. Willcox of Consumer Reports guides us through the results of a recent survey on home broadband service. Round-Up for the […]

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Understanding Broadband Speed Data in NTIA’s Indicators of Broadband Need

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) recently released a new public map, the Indicators of Broadband Need. This publicly available resource accompanies the National Broadband Availability Map (NBAM), pulling together public and private broadband internet access service datasets. The Indicators of Broadband Need map and National Broadband Availability map are both proving helpful to communities as they plan […]

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NTIA Creates First Interactive Map to Help Public See the Digital Divide Across the Country

Topics: Broadband National Broadband Availability Map FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 17, 2021 News Media Contact: NTIA, Office of Public Affairs, (202) 482-7002, [email protected] NTIA map links poverty usage and broadband access by compiling data sets to show where high-poverty communities are located with relation to internet usage patterns and access to computers and related equipment WASHINGTON – […]

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How Detroit residents are building their own internet

Faced with a stark digital divide, Detroit community groups are mobilizing to build an internet network block by blockByAaron Kalischer-Coggins | May 28, 2021 Detroit has historically been one of the least connected cities in America, with about 40 percent of Detroit residents lacking any home internet access at all. Things are changing, though, […]

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Why Low-Cost Devices Matter for Broadband Policy

On May 12, the Federal Communications Commission launched its Emergency Broadband Benefit Program. The program was included as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, which was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump in December 2020 to provide relief during the pandemic. The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program is significant because it seeks […]

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A county-by-county look at the broadband gapBy Russell Brandom and William Joel  May 10, 2021, 9:00am EDT IfIf broadband access was a problem before 2020, the pandemic turned it into a crisis. As everyday businesses moved online, city council meetings or court proceedings became near-inaccessible to anyone whose connection couldn’t support a Zoom call. Some school districts started providing Wi-Fi […]

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Internet Subsidy Gives $50 A Month Discounts For Low-Income Americans

May 12, 20217:04 PM ET VANESSA ROMOTwitter The pandemic has underscored the importance of having a reliable internet connection, with adults dependent on it for work and young people reliant on it for their education.Nam Y. Huh/AP Financially strapped American families are now eligible for an emergency discount on their internet service under a COVID-19 […]