Broadband Access and Adoption

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

Expanding Broadband in the Black Rural South

The Joint Center’s issue brief Expanding Broadband in the Black Rural South highlights the challenges and solutions in expanding broadband in the Black Rural South (Southern rural counties with populations that are 35 percent Black or higher). The four-page issue brief, authored by Joint Center Technology Policy Director Dr. Dominique Harrison, reveals that 38 percent…

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Joint Center Presents on Policy Challenges and Opportunities in Digital Equity

Joint Center Technology Policy Director Dr. Dominique Harrison presented an overview of policy challenges and opportunities in digital equity to the Workforce Matters Steering Committee. Dominique also shared insights from the Joint Center’s upcoming report on broadband in the Black Rural South. Watch her presentation below. Remarks by Dr. Dominique Harrison to the Workforce Matters…

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Joint Center Joints Panel at AARP Illinois’s Disrupt Disparities Summit

On April 27, Joint Center Technology Policy Director Dr. Dominique Harrison joined a panel at AARP Illinois’s Disrupt Disparities Summit: Advancing Racial Equity in Aging to discuss why aging adults need high-speed internet and technology tools. Learn more about the event, and watch Dominique’s panel (Day 2, APRIL 27) at the 1:50:18 mark, here.

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Joint Center Joins Senate Broadband Caucus Virtual Discussion on ‘Broadband Priorities for 2021 and Beyond’

Joint Center Technology Policy Director Dr. Dominique Harrison joined the Senate Broadband Caucus for a virtual discussion on “broadband priorities for 2021 and beyond.” Other panelists included NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association CEO Shirley Bloomfield and Schools Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition CEO John Windhausen. Pew Charitable Trusts Manager Kathryn de Wit moderated the…

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Joint Center Joins HTTP Panel on Tech Policy & Equity Within the First 100 Days of the Biden-Harris Administration

Joint Center Director of Technology Policy Dr. Dominique Harrison joined the Hispanic Technology & Telecommunications Partnership’s digital forum entitled Building Back Better – Diversity, Equity & Accessibility: a Civil Rights Tech Policy Framework for the First 100 Days. The conversation centered on “tech and telecommunications policy and its role in expanding civil rights, diversity, digital…

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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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