What's on the agenda for policymakers.
As Americans adopt social distancing, shifting to telework, online courses, and even video doctor visits, our nation must adapt. We need to enhance our telecommunications services through smart policy changes, many of which should stay in place after things return to “normal."
From Boeing to Verizon Communications, scores of US companies and industries are furiously lobbying Congress to add measures to the Trump administration’s massive stimulus package to deal with the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, some of which address issues that long predate the outbreak.
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 finalize a package of emergency measures. Millions of students are currently stuck at home as schools across the nation close, some without access to broadband internet and other tools needed to engage in remote learning.
This free one-hour Webinar hosted by Santa Clara University (SCU) School of Law's High Tech Law Institute examines the importance of net neutrality to public safety. The webinar features SCU Law Professors Catherine Sandoval and Allen S. Hammond, IV, whose comments to the FCC and Amicus Brief in Mozilla v. FCC challenged the FCC's 2018 repeal of net neutrality for failure to consider the public safety consequences of its decision. The D.C.
What should ISPs do to ensure connectivity for all?
Guests for this event:
- Harold Feld, Senior Vice President, Public Knowledge
- Angela Siefer, Executive Director, National Digital Inclusion Alliance
- Jeff Sural, Director, Broadband Infrastructure Office, North Carolina Department of Information Technology
- Other guests have been invited
- Drew Clark (Moderator), Editor and Publisher, Broadband Breakfast
As large amounts of daytime internet traffic shift from offices and schools to home networks, telecommunications experts predict that for most users, the existing web infrastructure is robust enough to handle the upswing in streaming, conference calling and distance learning. That may not be the case for low-income Americans who struggle to get online in the first place, however. While general Wi-Fi users may see bottlenecks at times, advocates assert that preserving internet access for low-income Americans will dominate as a larger issue amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Chris Mitchell, Director of Community Broadband Networks, Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Jonathan Sallet, Senior Fellow of the Benton Institute for Broadband & Society
How is the internet holding up to different traffic patterns in the daytime?