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While the coronavirus pandemic has taught America about how entertaining puzzles and baking bread can be, it has also exposed how dependent we are on broadband and how far too many Americans – especially students – lack access at home. Two weeks ago, Congress passed historic legislation called the CARES Act to respond to the

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The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the United States especially hard. As we reported last week, the crisis is highlighting many challenges, including the severity of the digital divide. Far too many Americans either lack broadband access at home or are unable to subscribe when it’s available. The most commonly cited factor for not subscribing is

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Last week, the viral outbreak of COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization. Here in the U.S., the response among educators has been swift. Hundreds of schools are extending spring breaks, requiring multi-week closures, or even canceling on-campus classes and moving all classes online for the remainder of the semester. A

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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 a recent case study, Mobile Citizen highlights one of those organizations, Aspiritech. An excerpt from that case study can be found below: Aspiritech is a world-class software testing and quality

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It has been over 4 months since the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to overhaul the Educational Broadband Service (EBS) spectrum band (2.5 GHz) and prepare it for commercial auction. As EBS licensees, Voqal strongly opposed the Commission’s decision because it was an enormous missed opportunity not only to strengthen educational benefits, but also to

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The newly-renamed Benton Institute for Broadband & Society has released a new report titled Broadband for America’s Future: A Vision for the 2020s. The report, authored by Benton senior fellow, Jonathan Sallet, is a magnum opus of broadband policy for the forthcoming decade. Jon Sallet, along with Adrienne Farris, recently appeared on the Community Broadband

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Back in September, Blair Levin and Larry Downes authored a much-talked-about opinion piece that made a bold claim: America’s Cities – not its rural areas – are the real cause for concern when it comes to the digital divide. Their main argument is that while many believe rural broadband access is the reason for the

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Last week, EducationSuperHighway declared “mission accomplished” with regard to the K-12 connectivity gap. It is important to understand exactly what they are claiming. Back in 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved significant E-Rate changes. E-Rate is one of the four Universal Service Fund (USF) subsidy programs and is designed to connect schools and libraries

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At Voqal, we believe one of the biggest challenges facing the country is the delivery of affordable broadband service to all Americans. Unfortunately, too many Americans still lack affordable access today. The focus of the so-called “digital divide” has primarily been in rural areas, where broadband simply isn’t offered by any provider. This market failure

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April 11, 2019 Today, U.S. Sen. Pat Murray and Sen. Angus King introduced the Digital Equity Act. This legislation provides $1.3 billion in federal funding for digital inclusion projects. Mobile Citizen, a project of Voqal, supports this necessary legislation and thanks Murray and King for highlighting this important issue. The following statement is attributable to

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