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 homework gap. We applaud Chairman Pallone for his leadership in providing the necessary funding to more seamlessly support broadband connectivity for students during the pandemic. The necessity, however, still exists to put the E-rate subsidy program, as well as the other universal service programs, on a path of long-term sustainability to permanently bridge the digital divide.  We look forward to working with Congress, the FCC and the Administration to do so.

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