Protecting Public Airwaves

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Late last month, we wrote about the growing concern that rural tribal nations might miss a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to apply for Educational Broadband Spectrum (EBS) over their lands due to the impact of COVID-19. EBS is an important tool to deliver affordable wireless broadband services. On February 3, the FCC opened its first-ever Rural Tribal

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Throughout the two-month coronavirus stay-at-home orders, the Gigabit Libraries Network has hosted weekly presentations to discuss anchor institutions meeting the connectivity needs of their communities. Over 1,300 participants have heard from 26 speakers since the series began in late March. All of the events have been recorded and posted on the Pandemic Response page at

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Voqal is dedicated to helping solve the digital divide. Much of the focus on solving this challenge has been on providing every American with access at home. But access is only one side of the coin. As we highlighted in last week’s blog, the broadband adoption gap in America remains extremely concerning and persistent. While

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Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an increasing amount of attention to the digital divide. Stay-at-home orders in states have forced residents online to learn, work, and safely access healthcare. But for those without access, venturing to the nearest parking lot Wi-Fi hotspot has been about the only option. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

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Last July, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) made the historic decision to create an application window for rural tribal nations to apply for free EBS spectrum licenses. By offering spectrum at no cost – especially valuable Educational Broadband Service spectrum in the 2.5 GHz band – tribes can affordably build out fixed wireless networks and

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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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While much of the attention on broadband policy focuses on federal efforts, new research from the Pew Charitable Trusts documents numerous state efforts to close the digital divide. States have come to realize broadband is critical to many aspects of American life, and are stepping up to fill the gaps left by federal policy and

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On Monday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) opened the Rural Tribal Priority Window, which is an application window that allows rural tribes to apply for an Educational Broadband Service (EBS) spectrum license for free. This is the first time the FCC has opened an application window specifically for rural tribes. Tribal nations experience some of

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Voqal strongly believes that closing the digital divide is integral to closing the social justice and equity gap in America. That is one of the reasons why Voqal created Mobile Citizen, a project that distributes wireless hotspots to students (via educational institutions), low-income families (via nonprofit resellers) and nonprofit organizations. There are two key components

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We continue our look back at 2019 with another spotlight from our FY 2019 Annual Report: Build the Movement. This week’s article is focused on the work of Voqal and its partners in the Educational Broadband Service (EBS) community to build a movement aimed at keeping the EBS spectrum band educational. Public airwaves – or

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