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Unlocking Educational Broadband Spectrum to Solve the Digital Divide

  • 1540-A Longworth House Office Building (map)

Come learn about Educational Broadband Service and an ongoing FCC rulemaking that could free up 4000+ spectrum licenses for rural educators!

According to the FCC, nearly 21.6 million Americans lack broadband access. Perhaps the cruelest part of the digital divide are the 7+ million students who lack broadband access at home – also known as the homework gap. One potential solution to this problem is the Educational Broadband Service (EBS) – the only public spectrum dedicated to educational use. Today, EBS is helping to close the homework gap and connect the unconnected. But due to a licensing freeze since 1995, the FCC currently has 4000+ licenses that were never assigned.

The FCC has granted a handful of waivers in recent years that have resulted in successful broadband projects, including Northern Michigan University's deployment in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and a deployment nearly 10 miles from any road at the base of the Grand Canyon for under $20,000. A recent economic study shows that licensing the unused 4,000+ licenses to schools could close the digital divide by as much as 18% and the rural homework gap by up to 30%. Please join us to learn more about Educational Broadband Service and how – if the FCC makes the right decision - it can be a tool to close the digital divide.

Panelists:

  • Mark Colwell, Director of Telcommunications Strategy, Voqal (Moderator)

  • Mariel Triggs, CEO, MuralNet

  • Katherine Messier, Founder & Executive Director, Mobile Beacon

  • Andreas Bitzarakis, Director of Broadband Spectrum at Select Spectrum

Lunch will be provided. This event has been structured to comply with House and Senate ethics rules.

For those who would prefer to dial in, please use the following info:

Dial-in number: 720-835-5756PIN: 13775

You can learn more by visiting https://saveebs.org