Stacey Baxter

The High Cost if Connectivity Has a Disparate Impact on Public School Students

Access to an equal educational experience is a legal right in the U.S. With the overwhelming dependence of technology in today’s educational system, internet access should also be the legal right of every student.

Next Century Cities Hosts a Congressional Briefing for Local Leaders to Share Community-Based Insights on the ACP

Congressional briefings are used to communicate information to policymakers in Washington, DC. Oftentimes, they highlight stakeholder views on government programs and proposals. However, they rarely include local officials who can provide community-based insights. On July 19, 2023, Next Century Cities invited broadband leaders from Texas, Ohio, Maryland, and Massachusetts to Washington, DC. Speakers shared community impact stories and administrative needs for the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). Key takeaways include the following: 

Funding for the ACP Means Supporting Mental Health and Wellness for Americans in Need

As many have experienced, either personally or through a friend or loved one, the pandemic has taken a toll on people’s mental health.