Digital Divide

Symmetrical Broadband Speeds Expand the Digital Divide

By: Noah Vehafric There’s been a lot of talk lately on how the U.S. defines broadband – one aspect of this conversation is how we accept a difference in downstream and upstream capabilities. Many have been calling for 100-100 “symmetrical speed” requirements. This is where upload speeds would match download…

Utility Poles Create Unexpected Barriers to Broadband Deployment

By: Katie McAuliffe The past year saw consumer demand for broadband access at an all-time high. Broadband providers have also been itching to continue investing enormous levels of capital to expand service to new and underserved areas. Despite having the supply and the demand, there has been one…

Digital Liberty Joins Coalition Opposing Wasteful Expansion of E-Rate

Today Digital Liberty signed onto a letter opposing the FCC’s attempt to expand the E-Rate program for the use of remote learning.  Remote learning during the pandemic is an important mission. Our students want to stay in school, that is why Congress has already given nearly $70 billion in…

Broadband Expanded to More Americans with Private Sector Investment

By: Noah Vehafric As the COVID-19 pandemic continues into the new year, one of the lessons we can takeaway is how important having access to broadband is. Americans use broadband to work, see healthcare providers and students use it to learn – all from their home. Families and communities without…

Better Mapping to Bridge the Digital Divide

By: Katie McAuliffe The FCC estimates that out of a population of nearly 330 million, only  19 million Americans—about 6% of our population—lack access to high speed internet. The lack of access is most highly concentrated in rural areas, where about one-fourth of rural populations are without high-speed fixed internet. Congress and…