Education and Training

?Connectivity is a path to greater opportunity,? the initiative?s announcement read. ?In today?s world, broadband and fluency with technology fuel economic growth, provide access to the world?s knowledge, promote skill development, and build stronger and more connected communities.?
The New York Times hosted an online discussion on American infrastructure priorities. Nicol Turner-Lee argued that high-speed broadband should be recognized alongside the traditional infrastructure like road and highways as vital to the people of the country.
The bipartisan bill aims to increase out-of-school access to digital learning resources.
CWA and the AFL-CIO, civil rights groups, public interest and consumer organizations, education advocates and library associations all filed comments at the FCC urging the agency to modernize the low-income subsidy program to support broadband services, quality standards, and to establish a neutral third-party eligibility verifier.
The joint Reply Comments support the FCC's proposal to update the Lifeline program and offer specific recommendations to promote the affordability of broadband services for low-income families.
Private sector initiatives like Comcast?s Internet Essentials and AT&T?s commitment to offer affordable options are steps in the right direction to reduce the economic barriers to broadband access. But less than half of households in the lowest-income quintile have Internet at home.
An independent, nonpartisan organization that aims to make kids and education America's top priority released a policy brief on the many benefits of high-speed Internet access.
The union praised the outcome of an FCC vote, which moves forward the rule-changing process to expand the Lifeline program to include broadband.
Legislation has been introduced that would direct the FCC to establish a broadband Lifeline program. Activists, regulators, and members of the telecommunications industry -- all are lending support.
A recent study from the Pew Research Center found that roughly 1/3 of low-income households with children do not have access to high-speed Internet.