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in Voqal

One important telecommunications equity issue receiving more attention this year is the cost of communications services (e.g. telephone calls and emails) for incarcerated individuals. This week, Voqal joined a coalition of groups in a letter to the FCC encouraging action on an ongoing rulemaking related to this issue. For nearly a decade, public interest advocates,

in Voqal

In the latest Voqal DEI spotlight, Mary Coleman examines the importance of listening to all voices when pursuing more socially equitable workplaces. In 2015, the U.S. took one step closer to realizing its promise of liberty for all when the Supreme Court ruled in favor of recognizing same-sex marriages under the law. Justice Anthony Kennedy

in Increasing Internet Access

  One of Voqal’s flagship projects, Mobile Citizen, is featured in a recent report issued by the United Nations Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development (formerly known as the United Nations Broadband Commission for Digital Development). The report, titled The State of Broadband 2020: Tackling digital inequalities: A decade for action, “provides an important venue to

in Making Grants

Voqal is excited to announce grants to seven organizations working in Oregon to create a more racially and socially equitable state. The grants to Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO), Building Power for Communities of Color, Latino Network Action Fund, Unite Oregon Action, Oregon Futures Lab, Imagine Black, and PCUN reflect Voqal’s commitment to

in Voqal

Voqal strongly believes that an empowered and engaged public is necessary to create a more socially equitable country. Furthermore, 2020 has been characterized by a number of challenges. Whether it’s the COVID-19 pandemic or the racial reckoning resulting from continued police brutality against the Black community, it is clear now more than ever before that

in Protecting Public Airwaves

Last week, new legislation was introduced to require the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to extend the Rural Tribal Priority Window for 2.5 GHz spectrum by at least 180 days. This new bipartisan, bicameral legislation is called the Extending Tribal Broadband Priority Act of 2020. The bill would require the FCC to open a window no

in Making Grants

Voqal is excited to announce grants to nine organizations working in Minnesota to create a more racially and socially equitable community. The grants to Awood Center, Black Visions Collective, Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha, Comunidades Organizando el Poder y la Accion Latina, Minnesota Healing Justice Network, Minnesota Holistic Black-led Movement Fund, Nexus Community

in Making Grants

In the latest grantmaking spotlight, Mary Coleman and Annie Stoneburner celebrate the life and work of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by highlighting Voqal grantees that exemplify the values that she exhibited during her time on the Supreme Court.  The nation recently mourned the passing of a giant, an innovator, and a leader. Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG)

in Making Grants

Voqal is excited to announce grants to 10 organizations working in Colorado to create a more racially and socially equitable community. The grants to Another World is Possible Fund ($5,000), Black Lives Matter 5280 ($10,000), COLOR Action Fund ($17,452), Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition Action Fund ($15,405), Colorado People’s Action ($19,500), Denver Justice Project ($10,000), Free

in Increasing Internet Access

Voqal is excited to join our friends at National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA) in celebrating Digital Inclusion Week 2020. Digital Inclusion Week, which takes place October 5 – 9, raises awareness of solutions addressing home internet access, personal devices, and local technology training and support programs. NDIA provides many ways you can engage with this

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