Broadband Access and Adoption

We advocate and advance policies and programs that enable Black communities to access affordable high-speed Internet.

Joint Center Moderates FCC Roundtable With HBCU Presidents

Joint Center Director of Technology Policy Dr. Dominique Harrison moderated the FCC’s HBCU Presidents’ Roundtable on “what solutions need to be implemented to ensure students, faculty, staff, and surrounding communities of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) get connected to affordable, reliable broadband during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.” The panelists included Delaware State University President…

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Joint Center Joins Discussion on Internet Access with Congressional Leadership

Joint Center Technology Policy Director Dr. Dominique Harrison joined Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Majority Whip James Clyburn, and the Lifeline Coalition for a Congressional briefing on “the problems low-income and marginalized communities face when trying to connect, and the multi-pronged approach Congress should take to address these issues during the pandemic and beyond.”…

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Joint Center Files Comments to the FCC on the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

The Joint Center joined nine other organizations in filing comments on the FCC Emergency Broadband Benefit Program. The comments, sent as a 7-page letter with recommendations to improve the effectiveness of the program and ensure it’s run equitably, was led by Open Technology Institute at New America. Recommendations for the program include using plain language,…

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Expand Internet Access Among Black Households

As the pandemic forces many students, workers, and patients to turn to broadband for virtual learning, telework, job applications and interviews, government assistance applications, and medical services, millions of African Americans remain disconnected. In the United States, 34% of Black adults do not have home broadband,1 and 30.6% of Black households with one or more…

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Joint Center Co-Hosts Telehealth Webinar on ‘The Missing Link to Improving Delivery and Quality of Care for Latino and African American Communities’

The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies and Hispanic Technology & Telecommunications Partnership (HTTP) co-hosted a telehealth webinar, The Missing Link to Improving Delivery and Quality of Care, on Monday, May 11 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm EST. The discussion centered on how regulators and policymakers are improving access to digital health care…

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Joint Center Signs Letter Urging Congress to Support Access to Affordable Broadband Internet in a Upcoming COVID-19 Stimulus Package

The Joint Center joined over 200 businesses and organizations in signing a letter to House and Senate leadership urging Congress “support access to affordable broadband internet in forthcoming COVID-19 stimulus package.” The letter signing, which was released by Public Knowledge, includes signatures from Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC, HBCU Innovation Center, NAACP, National Skills…

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The Joint Center Signs Emergency Lifeline Letter Calling For the FCC to Support Emergency Increases in the Lifeline Benefit in Response to the COVID-19

The Joint Center joined over 200 organizations in signing a letter requesting the Federal Communications Commission to provide emergency support for the Lifeline program. As the letter states, “Lifeline is the only existing program designed to help low-income consumers afford essential communications services. The program design can quickly be ramped up to provide additional services…

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An Introduction to the Future of Work in the Black Rural South

The Joint Center’s report, An Introduction to the Future of Work in the Black Rural South, is the first in a series of reports about Black Rural South and the future of work. We define the Black Rural South as 156 counties designated as rural by the USDA and have populations that are at least…

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