Closing the Economic Divide is the Next Chapter of Black History


The next generation of progress for African Americans will be economic, particularly eliminating income and wealth inequality. Entrepreneurship and high-quality, high-paying jobs will be an important part of that solution, and increasing access to high-speed broadband will make closing the gaps easier.

The Tech Road Ahead

One thing we should all be able to agree on is the idea that keeping the gig economy growing should be as nonpartisan as an issue can get.

What’s the Point of Internet Access, Anyway?

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While some feel that they have no need for the internet in their daily lives, the advantages are undeniable. Broadband is a critical part of participating in America’s ever-evolving economy. It is crucial no American gets left behind.

Bridging the Homework Gap

Yesterday, FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel and I traveled to Philadelphia to tour String Theory Charter Schools’ Vine Street Campus (5th grade through 12th grade) and make classroom visits to see the application of modern technology in a next-generation, “Apple Distinguished School” setting. Commissioner Rosenworcel has championed changes to U.S. Internet...

Innovation Drives Improved Outcomes for Education

I am always encouraged by the ways in which technology is improving the classroom experience for students around the country. Through network-enabled devices and high-speed broadband, students and their teachers are able to harness all the Internet has to offer, including apps and content sources that can improve educational outcomes...

Four Ways to Close the ‘Homework Gap’


by Jamal Simmons Donald Trump makes the case as plainly as any candidate for president can. He wants to “Make America Great Again.” From Trump to Bernie Sanders, Americans are looking for leaders to stop playing politics, shake things up and help them reclaim the American Dream. The problems are...

IIA Letter to FCC Regarding Lifeline

Earlier today, IIA sent a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler expressing our support for the Commission’s upcoming rulemaking proceeding soon to be initiated to advance Lifeline reform. From that letter, signed by IIA Chairmen Rick Boucher, Bruce Mehlman, Larry Irving, and Jamal Simmons: “In the U.S., consumers with economic...

Congress Should Pass an Open-Internet Law NOW


by Jamal Simmons While most political insiders are focused on fund-raising numbers, staffing announcements and what fast food candidates eat in Iowa and New Hampshire, there are real issues at stake this year. Foreign policy, health care and income inequality are sure to be on the docket, but one issue...