Lawmakers Propose Using FCC E-Rate Funds to Boost Individuals’ Internet Access

NextGov: As the pandemic pushes Americans into online school and work, lawmakers are calling for ways to address the “digital divide”—the great number of people who don’t have consistent or reliable internet access.

Reps. Donna Shalala, D-Fla., and Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., spotlighted ways in which they are working to confront and help close the gap during a livestream conversation hosted by The Washington Post Wednesday. In the course of the chat, they proposed pivoting the government’s digital divide-centered focus from connecting organizations, to more directly hone in on connecting individual people and families.

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