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.

San Francisco Partnership to Increase Free Internet Access to Support Distance Learning

Mayor London Breed announced a partnership between the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) and national nonprofit organizations EducationSuperHighway and the 1Million Project Foundation to provide connectivity support for thousands of st

Local Leaders Explain Why Broadband Has Been Essential for Emergency Responses

Next Century Cities sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission urging the agency to collaborate with mayors and other local officials on broadband deployment.

The FCC Could Do More Now About the Digital Divide, Say Panelists at Broadband Breakfast Live Online Event

“It’s really unfortunate that it has taken a national emergency, a worldwide pandemic, for people to realize how many people don’t have access to broadband internet,” said Benton Institute Senior Fellow and Public Advocate Gigi Sohn. Right now, th

FCC, FTC Demand Gateway Providers Cut Off COVID-19 Robocall Scammers

The Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission demanded that service providers do their part to stop coronavirus related scam robocalls from bombarding American consumers.

FCC Commissioner O'Rielly Letter to Congress re: Possible NG911 Funding

As Congress considers whether there is a need to take additional next steps in responding to the health and economic crisis facing our nation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, reports indicate that some are actively considering another round of econom

The Broadband Lifeline in a Pandemic: How Your Community Can Quickly Connect the Unconnected

As the nation prepares to ride out a pandemic that will persist for months, the need is acute for fast and inexpensive broadband rollout.

Tech Post-COVID: "Things Have Changed. I'm Not Sure They ever Go Back."

Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) said the coronavirus pandemic could forever change the importance of expanding broadband connectivity and bolstering the security of digital networks. “Things have changed.

Sen Wyden Leads Colleagues in Demanding Expanded Internet Access for Low-Income Americans Throughout COVIC-19 Crisis

Sen Ron Wyden (D-OR) led a group of his colleagues to demand better mobile internet service for low-income Americans impacted by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

A digital divide with dire consequences for Texas

When Anderson County (TX) told residents not to assemble in groups with more than 10 people, officials got some pushback from churches.

Faster Internet Is on the Way

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is taking steps to boost Wi-Fi across the country. He proposed to make 1,200 megahertz of the 6 GHz mid-band spectrum available for unlicensed use.