Can a Voluntary Auction of the 2.5 GHz EBS Spectrum Band Help Close the Homework Gap?

On January 22, the Internet Innovation Alliance hosted an event, “Can a Voluntary Auction of the 2.5 GHz EBS Spectrum Band Help Close the Homework Gap?”

A fireside chat featuring FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel and IIA Honorary Chairman Rick Boucher covered the prospect of a voluntary incentive auction for the 2.5 GHz band as a way to honor the educational history of this spectrum and as a mechanism to help close the “Homework Gap” – the circumstance where currently one in three households do not subscribe to broadband service while most educators assign homework involving an online component.

A panel discussion, moderated by Fred Campbell of Tech Knowledge, provided an in-depth analysis on further options for utilizing EBS spectrum to provide high-speed internet to more Americans.  Topics included the current underutilization of the EBS band, creating more transparency about the value of contracts, using auction proceeds to help close the digital divide, and thinking beyond an all-or-nothing approach to the incentive auction.  Panelists included:

  • Claude Aiken, President & CEO, Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA)
  • Debbie Goldman, Telecommunications Policy Director, Communications Workers of America (CWA)
  • Zach Leverenz, Founder & CEO, EveryoneOn
  • Katherine Messier, Director of Development, North American Catholic Educational Programming Foundation
  • Peter Pitsch, Intel Consultant, Former Associate General Counsel, Intel

If you missed the event, you can learn more and access the video on IIA’s EBS Event page.

Select media coverage of the event includes:

IIA Statement on Senate Vote to Confirm Starks and Carr to New FCC Terms 

On January 3, IIA released a statement congratulating Geoffrey Starks on his confirmation as a Commissioner of the FCC and Brendan Carr on his confirmation to an additional term.

You can read the full statement on the IIA site.

Further Reading

IIA recently introduced a “Research Peek of the Week” feature, which takes a look at newly-released studies and reports on broadband and technology.  You can check out January’s posts on the IIA blog: