Coronavirus and Connectivity

Through our Headlines news service, Benton is tracking the role of broadband in the response to coronavirus (COVID-19). Click on titles below for full summaries of articles and links to sources.

How Does the CARES Act Connect Us?

President Donald Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (or CARES Act) into law late last month. With a $2.2 trillion dollar price tag, the law has gotten a lot of attention for its direct payments to U.S.

Our Networks Are More Vital Than Ever. The FCC Owes Us Updates.

As so many Americans work from home, as our schoolchildren and university students shift to online learning, as virtually all of our social interactions occur online, a fundamental question looms: Will the internet break?

Want to Keep America Home? Give Everyone Free Basic Broadband.

Here is a very simple idea to persuade Americans to stay home, keep our virtual society running, and stimulate the economy.

Pledge to Stay Together

Highlighting some efforts to keep us all connected in what is a very scary time.

Chairman Pai Launches the Keep Americans Connected Pledge

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai emphasized the importance of keeping Americans connected as the country experiences serious disruptions caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

Is US Broadband Up to the Response to the Coronavirus?

Broadband makes telehealth, telework, and distance learning possible. But is U.S. broadband up to the task of delivering these services to everyone in the face of the coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Coronavirus, closures highlight importance of internet access in Aiken County

As schools are mothballed, businesses close, colleges move wholly behind a computer screen and cocktail hours are increasingly held at a distance and on couches, the need for digital connectivity has seemingly never been greater.

Networks Holding Up for First Responders

AT&T reports that FirstNet -- the high-speed, nationwide wireless broadband network it’s building for use by first responders -- is performing well. More than 1.2 million first responders and other emergency response workers have connectivity.

Anick Jesdanun, longtime AP technology writer

When millions of people read his coverage of the internet and its ripples, Anick Jesdanun made sure they got all the facts and the context they needed. For more than two decades, Jesdanun helped generations of readers understand the emerging inter

After the virus: A 5G gold rush?

The great American lockdown that put the economy on ice is fueling hopes of a 5G boom. US mobile carriers were already planning to spend big on deploying superfast wireless internet in the coming years.