Public Policy Statements

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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Big Tech CEOs Must Do More than Admit Misinformation is Harmful to Communities of Color

As Congress reckons with misinformation plaguing online platforms, Black communities continue to face discrimination, anti-Blackness, and material harm facilitated by agitators on social media platforms. We know that tech can exacerbate and facilitate harm towards Black communities. We don’t know to what extent the government needs to regulate Big Tech to prevent harm and bias.…

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Joint Center to FCC: Don’t Facilitate Online Disinformation & Discrimination

Yesterday, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies submitted its analysis opposing the Trump Administration’s attempt to prod the Federal Communications Commission to adopt rules that would discourage platforms like Twitter and Facebook from removing objectionable material—like disinformation that suppresses Black votes or facilitates housing or employment discrimination. In May—just two days after Twitter flagged a…

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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 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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