DBEDT NEWS RELEASE: EMERGENCY BROADBAND BENEFIT PROGRAM READY TO ACCEPT MORE HOUSEHOLDS WITH FREE INTERNET SERVICE

Posted on Aug 13, 2021 in Latest News, Newsroom

HONOLULU As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, our reliance on internet connectivity to work remotely, engage in distance learning, utilize telehealth services, and access government services online becomes more in demand. But, with the help of a program established by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), low-income families everywhere, including Hawai‘i, are able to access truly affordable internet service. Currently, more than 9,000 households across Hawai‘i are enrolled in the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, amounting

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The Federal Communications Commission has launched a new map designed to show consumers what kind of cellular coverage they can expect in a given area from AT&T, T-Mobile, US Cellular, and Verizon. It’s been a long time coming, and it doesn’t address home internet availability, but it looks like an improvement over the agency’s woefully inadequate and inaccurate past attempts to show gaps in the nation’s broadband coverage.

As Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel pointed out on Twitter, it shouldn’t have taken this long for this map to be available. The law requiring that these maps be made, known

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Executive Summary

  • The upcoming infrastructure package is likely to include significant funding for broadband expansion projects.
  • Federal policymakers should avoid focusing on costly government programs such as municipal broadband or significant changes to the definition of “high-speed” that could misplace resources.
  • Federal policy to support broadband expansion should focus instead on innovation-supporting, technology-neutral policies such as reducing regulatory barriers, reforming existing subsidy programs such as Lifeline, and examining if there are other barriers to adoption.

Introductions

The upcoming infrastructure bill is expected to include significant funding for broadband to help expand high-speed internet access and enable all Americans to

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$6 billion investment to expand broadband infrastructure and enhance internet access for unserved and underserved communities

Part of comprehensive California Comeback Plan to accelerate the state’s recovery and address our most persistent challenges

TRAVER – At a rural elementary school in Tulare County, Governor Gavin Newsom today signed legislation to advance the state’s commitment to bridging the digital divide by increasing equitable, affordable access to high-speed internet service across California. Through a $6 billion multi-year investment, more Californians will be able to access broadband coverage with the construction of a state-owned open access middle mile network and last mile projects

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CALHOUN COUNTY, Mich., July 19, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — During the COVID-19 pandemic, Mac McCullough, a librarian at Battle Creek’s Willard Library, saw how lack of access to the Internet impacted patrons who typically used the library to conduct business online. With others who recognized this need, he developed the Digital Equity Coalition, which raised the issue at various meetings and researched broadband efforts globally.

“What we found was universal recognition that this is an issue that we need to address for our residents and also for the economic opportunities that broadband access brings,” said McCullough.

Calhoun County Government has now

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The broadband gap’s dirty secret: Redlining still exists in digital form

When Christina Wilson moved into Los Angeles public housing with her husband and teenage daughter four years ago, she tried to transfer her internet service plan to her new home. But, as is the case with many low-income communities in the US, the ISP didn’t serve the Housing Authority of Los Angeles’ Imperial Courts. In fact, no internet service providers offered speedy plans for any of LA’s public housing facilities. Instead, they only offered pricey, slow plans insufficient for today’s needs. 

So the 45-year-old relied on her smartphone’s T-Mobile connection for anything she wanted to do online, while her

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