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.

FCC Gets Together, Apart, in Age of COVID-19

The Federal Communications Commission held its mandatory monthly meeting via a brief, video-less, teleconference call March 31, with commissioners dialing in from home and the public able to access it over a never-more-important broadband connecti

It’s Time For An Internet-For-All Public Utility (Before Corona Crashes It)

If ever there was a wake-up call to an immediate infrastructure threat, Corona is it.

Americans turn to technology during COVID-19 outbreak, say an outage would be a problem

As the spread of COVID-19 upends work, classes and even doctor appointments across the country, a majority of Americans are turning to digital means to stay connected and track information about the outbreak.

Self-isolation has stressed networks, and no one knows if the FCC can step in

As the social distancing efforts push everything from school to socializing into video chat, networks have seen huge surges in traffic — and new anxieties over how digital networks will stand up under the strain.

US Internet and Telecom Networks Showing Strength with COVID-19

The many changes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have given the world’s communications networks an impromptu stress test. Data demand has surged and shifted.

USTelecom Calls for Changes in Lifeline Program

In order to help consumers meet their urgent communications needs during this unprecedented emergency, the Federal Communications Commission should consider the following actions during the COVID-19 pandemic and for a reasonable period thereafter

Universal connectivity is still the goal. We need to keep working on long-term solutions.

Coronavirus has caused a seismic shift in everything about life as we know it. Schools, businesses, and non-essential entities are closed indefinitely. As fear and economic uncertainty escalate, so does the need for information.

Congress and FCC Can Keep Students Online

Congress and the Federal Communications Commission should act swiftly to ensure that all our school-aged children are online and continue learning during the coronavirus pandemic.

For some, coronavirus pushes new issues to top of national agenda

The coronavirus pandemic is helping shift policy priorities for some Americans. School closures and remote work across the country are showcasing how inequities in access to high-speed broadband can impact access to education and work during a tim

AT&T Increasing Mobile Hotspot Data by 15GB

Starting April 2 through May 13 we’re giving AT&T mobility consumers and small businesses more ways to connect: