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Last week, Voqal joined over 170 organizations asking Congress to invest in universal, future-proof broadband. According to the letter: “It is time to act to end the digital divide forever by passing a national broadband infrastructure program that will deliver universal, affordable, 21st century ready access.” “All across the nation, gaps in accessible and affordable

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Last week, U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Rob Portman (D-Ohio), and Angus King (R-Maine) reintroduced the Digital Equity Act. The Digital Equity Act of 2021 strengthens federal support for efforts to help ensure students, families, and workers have the information technology capacity needed to fully participate in society. This legislation would achieve this goal by

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Voqal realizes that advancing social equity is an immense undertaking. That is why we take multiple approaches to realize our goal of a more socially equitable world for all. One of those approaches, is Voqal project, Mobile Citizen. It provides low-cost mobile internet with unlimited data plans exclusively to nonprofit organizations, educational entities, and social

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  One of Voqal’s flagship projects, Mobile Citizen, is featured in a recent report issued by the United Nations Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development (formerly known as the United Nations Broadband Commission for Digital Development). The report, titled The State of Broadband 2020: Tackling digital inequalities: A decade for action, “provides an important venue to

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Voqal is excited to join our friends at National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA) in celebrating Digital Inclusion Week 2020. Digital Inclusion Week, which takes place October 5 – 9, raises awareness of solutions addressing home internet access, personal devices, and local technology training and support programs. NDIA provides many ways you can engage with this

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In his latest article, Voqal’s director of telecommunications strategy, Mark Colwell, shares how increased broadband competition can address the adoption gap and reduce the digital divide.  Never has the need for closing the digital divide received more attention than in recent months, as Americans have relied more than ever on broadband for work, school, entertainment,

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Earlier this week, a group of organizations including the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), AMERIND Risk Management Corp., the Southern California Tribal Chairmen’s Association (SCTCA), and Public Knowledge filed an emergency motion for stay with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to extend the Rural Tribal Priority Window until February 1, 2021. Voqal recently joined

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Earlier this week, Voqal joined 15 organizations in a letter requesting that Congress ask the FCC to extend the 2.5 GHz Rural Tribal Priority Window. The letter was delivered the same day that the House Energy and Commerce Committee hosted a hearing focused on ways Congress can help tribes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tribal broadband

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In the latest update from Voqal’s director of telecommunications strategy, Mark Colwell assesses congressional efforts to increase broadband funding this year.  One of Voqal’s organizational goals is to improve broadband connectivity – especially among those who are unable to afford service or who have traditionally been disadvantaged based on where they live. Voqal has continually

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Voqal project, Mobile Citizen, aims to bridge the digital divide by offering free and low-cost internet to educational institutions, nonprofits, and social welfare agencies. In its most recent case study, Mobile Citizen highlights the work of Ashbury Senior Computer Community Center to help close the digital divide in Cleveland. Below is an excerpt from the

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