Deleting the Broadband Affordability Divide:
A Virtual Chat with FCC Acting Chair Rosenworcel

featuring a virtual discussion with FCC Acting Chair Jessica Rosenworcel and IIA Co-Chair Kim Keenan, along with founding IIA Connected Roundtable participants:

  • Joi Chaney, Executive Director of National Urban League’s Washington Bureau and Senior Vice President for Policy and Advocacy
  • Dr. Dominique Harrison, Director of Technology Policy for the Joint Center
  • Rosa Mendoza, Founder, President and CEO of ALLvanza

Monday, September 13th
10:00 a.m. ET

Ten years ago, policies to close the digital divide focused exclusively on connection. But we now know that the broadband adoption gap is approximately three times larger than the availability gap. Right now, the Federal Communications Commission is taking action to ensure that all Americans can afford to connect to the internet.

The Internet Innovation Alliance (IIA), a broad-based coalition supporting broadband availability and access for all Americans since 2004, invites you to hear leaders from top social justice organizations engage in a conversation with FCC Acting Chair Rosenworcel about the success of the FCC’s Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Program and what lessons learned can be applied to modernization of the Lifeline Program. Acting Chair Rosenworcel and the Connected Roundtable will explore:

  • What the FCC did to fuel the surge in sign-ups for the EBB and whether similar strategies would increase the Lifeline participation rate from just 26% of eligible households;
  • How long the bipartisan infrastructure bill’s $14.2 billion allocated for an Affordable Connectivity benefit program, which is an extension of the EBB, might last before it runs out;
  • How local governments, private companies, community institutions and advocacy organizations can support the FCC in its mission to bridge the broadband affordability gap;
  • What Lifeline reforms could make the program a viable long-term solution to the broadband affordability challenge.