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.

Getting internet access to everyone during a pandemic is not an easy job

A Q&A with Chris Mitchell, director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance's Community Broadband Networks Initiative. 

5G Won't Help Rural Americans Shelter in Place

While the US government and telecommunications industry have been engrossed in the race to 5G, much of the country is still in a slow crawl to regular home internet service.

Coronavirus has made peak internet usage into the new normal

Millions of people are working from home, children are attending school remotely, and they've all turned to their home broadband connections to stay con

US students are being asked to work remotely. But 22% of homes don't have internet

Nationwide, approximately 22% of households don’t have home internet, including more than 4 million households with school-age children.

Lobbyists Pile On to Get Wins for Clients Into Coronavirus Stimulus Package

From Boeing to Verizon Communications, scores of US companies and industries are furiously lobbying Congress to add measures to the Trump administration’s massive 

Forget the Trump Administration. America Will Save America.

Over the long term, we are better off with as much experimentation and as many leaders as possible, not only to spur the kinds of innovations that will protect us from the virus (vaccines, treatments, cheaper and better medical equipment) but also

AT&T CEO addresses major surge in mobile, Wi-Fi usage as more people work from home

AT&T’s networks have seen a surge of usage since companies around the United States have asked employees to work from home and schools have moved online following the COVID-19 outbreak.

Digital 'homework gap' emerges as sticking point in coronavirus pandemic talks

Capitol Hill is locked in a fight over how much money to funnel to help students and teachers sidelined by the coronavirus pandemic get access to online learning, creating uncertainty for school districts as lawmakers and the White House rush to f

There's a long war ahead and our Covid-19 response must adapt

This is a war. And in war, strategy is important. Learning from experience from around the world, we recognize a third phase of the Covid-19 response: suppression of episodic outbreaks.

China forces out local employees of US news organisations

China has forced local staff to quit their jobs at a number of US media organisations operating in the country, dealing another blow to news groups caught in a diplomatic stand-off between Beijing and Washington.