Op-eds

IIA Co-Chairwoman Kim Keenan recently had an op-ed published by Bloomberg Law on the Affordable Connectivity Program and the need to promote the program to maximize our nation’s historic investment in broadband. An excerpt:

Imagine a government program that would connect millions of financially-challenged households to broadband in their homes. In a world of “If it sounds too good to be true…” you can expect that skepticism reigns. Fortunately, the Affordable Connectivity Program is not only a real program, but Congress allocated about $14 billion to help lower-income households pay for internet service. The catch? People have to know the program exists and believe it will deliver on its promises.

Congress agreed—yes, our Congress—on a plan to get Americans from rural communities, urban cities, and mountainous reservations connected. In December 2020, this cooperation across party lines resulted in creation of the Emergency Broadband Benefit program, which has proven to be invaluable for the over eight million households enrolled in the program since May.

Read the full piece at Bloomberg Law.

Originally published at Bloomberg Law