State AGs Recommend COVID-19 Broadband Funding – Is Your State Advocating for Better Broadband??
Any new COVID-19 relief package should include funding for broadband, said attorneys general from 31 states, three U.S. territories and the District of Columbia in a letter to House and Senate leadership late last week. The COVID-19 broadband funding letter urges legislators to increase funding for the Universal Service Fund and to make “flexible” funding available to state, territorial and local governments.
In the letter, the attorneys general note that the COVID-19 pandemic “triggered unprecedented disruptions to our educational and healthcare systems, as well as the broader economy and core social activities.” In many cases, the AGs said, “individuals were able to compensate by moving online to learn, work and obtain healthcare services.” But in other cases, “longstanding disparities in household access to high-speed internet and mobile devices prevented individuals from taking advantage of these opportunities.”
At least 26 states have enacted these active/current initiatives and authorities through legislation.