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In our second look at the amazing organizations and individuals featured in our 2020 annual report, we take a look at the wonkier, but very important, world of telecommunications policy work. More specifically, we highlight the efforts to extend internet connectivity for rural tribal nations. Many Americans take their ability to connect to the internet

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Voqal recently released our FY 2020 Annual Report. In order to celebrate the organizations and individuals featured in the report, we are featuring stories from the report on the #makingairwaves blog over the coming weeks. This week, we take a look at the amazing changemakers who participated in the Voqal Fellowship during FY 2020. At

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What occurred at the U.S. Capitol last week was an insurrection. Those that attacked the Capitol tried to silence voices and overturn a fair election using unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud. And let’s make no mistake, this wasn’t just the work of a few thousand isolated individuals –– it was spurred on by those in

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The Instructional Telecommunications Foundation (ITF) (d/b/a Voqal USA) is dismayed by the FCC Republican majority’s decision to approve a Notice of Apparent Liability (NAL) against ITF. The Commission’s findings ignore our exemplary record, full compliance with all FCC requirements, and longstanding commitment to educational service. We look forward to responding in detail to the NAL.

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To say 2020 was an eventful year, might be the understatement of the century. We faced a global pandemic that changed many things about how Voqal fights to address social equity. This included moving most of our operations remote at a moment’s notice. In addition, Mobile Citizen rose to the challenge and significantly increased the

in Protecting Public Airwaves

Voqal believes that telecommunications policy should be focused on ensuring that the country’s telecommunications resources and infrastructure contribute to a socially equitable world for all. In addition, these resources have immense educational benefits and policies should be crafted in a way that leverages those benefits. We engage with the FCC and other government agencies to

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In the latest Voqal DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) spotlight, Voqal’s digital engagement and community outreach manager, Jered Weber, examines how addressing the student loan debt crisis is an important component of advancing racial equity. As the country has struggled with the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, one thing that has been getting increasing

in Investing for Educational Impact

In his latest post, Voqal’s education program director, Vinny Badolato, examines how the next COVID relief bill presents an opportunity to spark innovation reforms in the United States education system. The proposal below was also submitted to the Biden transition team as a potential educational policy objective. Most, if not all, states have experienced dramatic

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We are excited to announce the release of our 2020 Annual Report. As a collection of EBS (Educational Broadband Service) licensees focused on social justice, Voqal is committed to making change happen. This past year that change has been centered around building collective power in the communities most impacted by inequities. As Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley

in Investing for Educational Impact

Voqal is proud to announce its latest round of Education Opportunity Project investments directed at supporting companies that are using innovative approaches to address opportunity gaps in education. The investments in Pairin, Sown to Grow, LiftEd, inquirED, BeforeWeBegin, and Words Liive reflect Voqal’s commitment to creating a more equitable educational landscape. Pairin – $100,000 investment

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