America is slowly reopening, but even in our “new normal,” social distancing and remote engagement will remain standard practice—and the need for high-speed, reliable internet access has never been clearer. Broadband is a necessary tool to ensure all Americans can stay connected to jobs, news and information, health care services, online classrooms, and other essential services.
Federal leaders have a unique opportunity to support broadband expansion during this critical time. In a letter sent to congressional leaders on May 27, experts from The Pew Charitable Trusts asked national lawmakers to consider the advancements states have made in bridging the broadband gap. They also highlighted what federal leaders can learn from state initiatives, explained how federal support can facilitate the progress of state efforts, and identified emerging trends that Congress may want to consider. Read the full text of the letter below.