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in Protecting Public Airwaves

In his latest article, Voqal’s Mark Colwell examines how the success of the recent Rural Tribal Priority Window is evidence that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) should open a Rural Education Window for Educational Broadband Service licenses.  Last week, the FCC’s first-ever Rural Tribal Priority Window (TPW) came to a close. This special spectrum application

in Offering Fellowships

Applications are now open for the 2021 Voqal Fellowship. The Voqal Fellowship is a talent accelerator aimed at giving underrepresented social entrepreneurs a chance to enact their visions at center stage. The Fellowship provides a $30,000 stipend for six months to work on an early-stage idea with hands-on storytelling and business development coaching. The Fellowship

in Voqal

In the lastest DEI spotlight, Voqal’s Mary Coleman takes a look at the two sides of white fragility and what they mean for addressing systemic racism.  In 2018, Robin DiAngelo published White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism. Per DiAngelo, “White fragility is a state in which even a

in Increasing Internet Access, Protecting Public Airwaves

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,

in Voqal

We would like to say a fond farewell to Voqal board member, Frances “Pancha” Valdez who resigned from the board at the end of July. Pancha joined the Voqal board in 1993 and has spent the past twenty-seven years providing valuable insight and leadership to the organization as it has continued to evolve and grow

in Protecting Public Airwaves

For too long, inmates serving time in prison have paid exorbitant rates for inmate communications services (ICS) like phone calls, text messages, and emails. High rates impact inmates communicating with loved ones and/or their attorneys. As the Prison Policy Initiative recently reported: “These high rates and fees can be disastrous for people incarcerated in local

in Offering Fellowships

Voqal knows that taking risks with innovative, progressive ideas is necessary to advance social change. Our fellowship program is an investment in people as individuals and budding entrepreneurs. It is a talent accelerator aimed at giving those often overlooked by traditional funders a chance to enact their visions at center stage. In the final 2020

in Offering Fellowships

The 15th annual Netroots Nation conference is going virtual August 13-15! Join Netroots for the biggest progressive conference in the country, with more than 150 hours of live interactive content and fun networking opportunities. This is a critical chance to strategize about how to win up and down the ballot in November — and how

in Voqal

In the latest Voqal DEI spotlight, Mary Coleman examines her privilege and the need to leverage it to address structural racism during the current pandemics.  Recently, in a group meeting, a question was posed: how are we doing amidst the COVID-19 and structural racism pandemics? My first reaction was “awful.” I feel awful every day,

in Investing for Educational Impact

Voqal is proud to announce its latest round of Education Opportunity Project grants focused on supporting organizations that are using innovative approaches to address opportunity gaps in education. The grants to Capita (returning grantee), TrainingGrounds, CommunityShare, and the Partnership for the Future of Learning reflect Voqal’s dedication to helping create a more equitable education system

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