The Emergency Broadband Benefit and How to Make Sure It Reaches Families Who Need It

What is the FCC’s Emergency Broadband Benefit program? On May 12, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) launched the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program to help families pay for broadband internet access for their education and work-from-home needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Many families don’t even know this program exists. So Great School Voices has joined…


Access Denied Ep. 13: He Proved there was a “Digital Divide”, and He’s Still Fighting It (ft. Larry Irving)

Watch the show here THIS WEEK IS DIGITAL INCLUSION WEEK. We are closing off this amazing week with our livestream, discussing the #DigitalDivide and solutions to close it. Share this video today with #DIW2020 and raise awareness, tag your local elected officials, tag the Federal Communication Commission, and tag your Congressperson! Get active! Get heard! …


Talking to “The Jackie Robinson of the Internet,” Larry Irving, on the Next Frontiers in Digital Inclusion

Before Larry Irving’s research there was no widely accepted “digital divide” and no effort to systematically address it.  And beyond seeing the problems he led efforts to remediate it, serving during both the Clinton and Obama administrations, and earning a spot in the Internet Hall of Fame, as it’s first Black member. Join us tomorrow…


It’s National Digital Inclusion Week, Do you Know Where your Students Are?

During distance learning, if you can’t get online, you can’t get to school.  Last we knew, roughly half of Oakland’s students were unconnected or underconnected, with our most historically underserved students being the most disconnected.   And there were 15-17 million students nationwide in the same drifting boat, wafting further and further from proficiency. Even worse,…


The Federal Government Promised Native American Students Computers and Internet. Many Are Still Waiting.

by Alden Woods, Arizona Republic. This story was originally published by ProPublica Native American students in BIE operated schools were forced to start the school year without adequate technology, sometimes sharing a single computer among siblings, because the agency disbursed funding late and failed to purchase equipment in time. SERIES:LESSONS LOST How Federal Schools Are Failing…