Broadband Access During the Pandemic

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Representation of public interest organization before state and federal regulators regarding affordable broadband during COVID-19 pandemic.

On behalf of Next Century Cities, a nonprofit organization that represents the interests of local governments in broadband policy, the Samuelson Clinic students participated in efforts to shape state and federal broadband affordability programs and policies. As part of their advocacy during the Federal Communications Commission’s proceeding to establish rules for the $3.2 billion Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, students researched the approaches different communities have taken to ensure that low-income households have access to essential broadband service during the COVID-19 pandemic, including an innovative partnership in the city of San Rafael, California to establish a community mesh broadband network. The students then met with the Office of FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel to advocate for federal support for these and similar efforts. The work on the broader project is ongoing.

Administrative and Regulatory Filings

Feb 22, 2021