Somerville voters agree to seek grants to create municipal broadband network by Keith Edwards, Central Maine
Westmoreland approves broadband project at town meeting by Olivia Belanger, Sentinel Source
Two states divert to telework. Are others ready? By Andrew Westrope, GovTech
How Cleveland is bridging both digital and racial divides by Lara Fishbane and Adie Tomer, Brookings
Wisconsin Offers Tax Breaks for Rural Broadband Investments by Carl Weinschenk, telecompetitor
What America can do to strengthen its communications infrastructure by Lindsay Stern, Public Knowledge
Response to New Coronavirus
Coronavirus exposes Internet inequality among U.S. students as schools close their doors by Tony Romm, Washington Post
As COVID-19 pushes classes online, some students are caught in the broadband gap by Makena Kelly, The Verge
All of these examples highlight a problem the Federal Communications Commission and lawmakers have struggled to solve for years — the “homework gap.” It’s a term that refers to the barriers students face at school when they don’t have access to a high-speed internet connection at home. In times of emergency, those online barriers become more apparent, especially when schools haven’t planned for them in advance before moving classes online.
Broadband providers brace for coronavirus stress test by Margaret Harding McGill, Axios
Doctors and patients turn to telemedicine in the coronavirus outbreak by Reed Abelson, New York Times
Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon Should Suspend Data Caps Because of Coronavirus by Karl Bode, VICE
Experts have repeatedly warned that broadband usage caps and overage fees are little more than a glorified price hike, employed by regional telecom monopolies to drive up costs. In the wake of an unprecedented quarantine and containment effort, experts say that eliminating these costly restrictions is the very least the industry and federal leaders can do.