If You Build It, They Still May Not Come: Thoughts on Digital Literacy and Engagement

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

In the digital divide debate, much of the focus is on solving for two problems – broadband availability and affordability. To be sure, both are essential pieces to any solution that is targeted toward getting 100% of Americans connected. But there is a third leg of the stool that is less well understood and often…

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AT&T Statement on $7.6B Emergency Connectivity Fund for Schools and Libraries

Attribute the following to Tim McKone, AT&T Executive Vice President of Federal Relations: The pandemic highlighted the critical need for students to stay digitally connected to their schools, teachers and classmates. Today’s markup of the reconciliation package is a step in that direction. Sufficient and stable funding for broadband connectivity is a critical component to bridging the…

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E-Rate 3.0 for a Remote Learning World

by Ed Gillespie

Senior Executive Vice President of External & Legislative Affairs

Our recent blogs have focused on modernizing the FCC’s Lifeline program and fixing the broken funding mechanism that supports the federal Universal Service Fund (USF).  The FCC’s E-rate program, however, deserves equal attention as students across the country require broadband connectivity to learn from home during the pandemic. The E-rate program was designed to help…

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