Voqal Opposes FCC Order to Auction EBS Spectrum

June 20, 2019 Yesterday,  Voqal issued a statement vehemently opposing the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) draft Order regarding the 2.5 GHz EBS (Educational Broadband Service) band. The Order not only abandons the band’s educational legacy but also will hinder the FCC’s stated priorities of quickly delivering 5G, expanding rural coverage and closing the digital divide. Read More

Protecting Coloradans from Discrimination

June 18, 2019   One Colorado is Colorado’s leading advocacy organization dedicated to advancing equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) Coloradans and their families. It effectively advocates for LGBTQ Coloradans and their families by lobbying the General Assembly, the executive branch and local governments on issues like safe schools, transgender equality, relationship Read More

Growing Support for Keeping EBS Educational

June 17, 2019 Three important letters were written to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last week regarding the future of Educational Broadband Service (EBS). The letters urge the FCC to keep EBS educational and to finish licensing unassigned EBS spectrum to educational entities and Tribal Nations. On Monday, the United States Department of Education voiced Read More

Removing Slavery from the Colorado State Constitution

June 14, 2019 Abolish Slavery Colorado was a diverse, grassroots, multi-faith and bipartisan coalition of Colorado organizations and individuals fighting for human dignity and justice by removing slavery from the Colorado Constitution. Thanks in part to support from Voqal, it was successful in passing a ballot measure during the 2018 elections that abolished slavery and Read More

2019 Voqal Fellowship Spotlight: Alec Fischer

June 13, 2019 The Voqal Fellowship is an investment in a new generation of social entrepreneurs interested in launching the next “big idea” aimed at increasing equity for those who are least well off politically, economically and/or socially. In honor of pride month,  this month’s 2019 Voqal Fellowship spotlight takes a look at Alec Fischer Read More

Voqal Welcomes United States Department of Education’s Support of EBS

June 10, 2019 Voqal welcomes the Ex Parte from the United States Department of Education that urges the Federal Communications Commissions to retain the educational benefits of Educational Broadband Service (EBS). The following statement can be attributed to Voqal director of telecommunications strategy, Mark Colwell. “Today’s filing by the U.S. Department of Education is welcome Read More

Using Technology to Connect Workers Across the Country

June 7, 2019 United for Respect is a multiracial movement of working people advancing a vision of an economy where corporations respect their work and recognize their humanity. Its WorkIt app helps people working in hourly jobs get answers to questions about workplace policies and rights from trusted and trained peer advisors. Thanks in part Read More

Voqal Opposes FCC Proposal to Impose Cap on the Universal Service Fund Budget

June 5, 2019 Today, Voqal shared its opposition to the proposal from the Federal Communications Commission to impose an additional cap to the Universal Service Fund (USF) budget. Mark Colwell, Voqal director of telecommunications strategy, made the following statement: “Voqal strongly opposes the FCC’s proposal to arbitrarily impose an overall cap on the Universal Service Read More

Building Grassroots Progressive Power in Chicago

June 4, 2019 One People’s Campaign is committed to winning racial, gender, climate and economic justice by dismantling systems of oppression. Its members are everyday people who accomplish this through year-round community engagement, advancing progressive policies and building governing power across Illinois. Thanks in part to support from Voqal, One People’s Campaign built an organizing Read More

Telecommunications Policy Update: EBS Gains National Media Attention

May 31, 2019 In this month’s telecommunications policy update, Voqal’s Mark Colwell highlights the recent national attention that EBS has been receiving.  As the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) inches closer to a suspected draft Report and Order regarding Educational Broadband Service (EBS) in the coming weeks, a growing number of media outlets have published stories Read More