During the pandemic, face masks have created additional barriers for the hearing impaired as they block sound and prevent people from reading lips. Starkey has created a new AI-enabled hearing aid to amplify sound, even in the most challenging listening environments.
On Gigi Sohn’s recent “Tech on the Rocks” podcast, IIA’s Bruce Mehlman discussed what it would take to achieve universal broadband, and whether bipartisan agreement is possible around long-term solutions for broadband availability and affordability.
Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Bruce Mehlman will discuss how to achieve universal broadband and explore priorities for the Energy and Commerce Committee under the Congresswoman’s leadership.
A recent Morning Consult poll found that 49% of lower-income people of color and 39% of lower-income white people reported being concerned about paying for broadband service. The FCC’s new Emergency Broadband Benefit program will help subsidize these costs.
Rural and urban communities need to have broadband available in their communities. We need to pinpoint precisely who has broadband and who does not. Then we have to create an environment so that they can afford the technology and utilize it effectively to adopt it in their daily lives.
Fitbit’s newest wearable devices now include sensors that can track body temperature, oxygen levels, and heart rate fluctuations – data that can help detect signs of depression and a range of other diseases, like COVID-19.
Alarmingly large numbers of American families are currently excluded from the digital world. Either they live in regions where it is uneconomical for the broadband providers to deploy infrastructure or they find the services to be unaffordable. Solving the affordability problem will be the province of both the FCC and Congress through reform of the 36-year-old Lifeline program, initiated in 1985 and largely underutilized today.