New FCC Programs Offer Billions to Close the Digital Divide
This week’s Federal Flash has all the details on two big announcements from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). First, the Emergency Broadband Benefit program opens May 12 to provide eligible, high-poverty households discounts on monthly broadband bills and a one-time purchase of a computer or tablet. Second, the FCC released proposed regulations for the $7.2 Emergency Connectivity Fund under the America Rescue Plan, which will provide much-needed resources to schools and libraries to close the Homework Gap and purchase broadband access and connected devices. Plus, updates on Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona’s testimony about President Biden’s FY2022 budget request for the Department of Education and President Biden’s nominations to fill other leadership positions at the Department.