The National Association of Attorneys General recently wrote to Congress, asking that they help close the digital divide by dedicating more funds to state and local governments.
The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the need for households to have adequate access to the internet. With telehealth, online learning, and teleworking becoming more prevalent, access to the internet is essential. Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh along with 38 other attorneys general signed on to a letter urging congress to provide state and local governments with funding to ensure residents have access to high speed internet. They also advocate for an increase in funding to the U.S. Federal Communication Commission Universal Service Fund that provides grants for rural and low-income communities to increase internet connectivity.
From the press release:
“Access to reliable Internet connectivity is not a luxury, it is a necessity in every community,” said Attorney General Frosh. “COVID-19 has forced all of us into our homes and increased our dependency on the Internet, allowing us to stay connected with family, with our workplaces and schools, and most importantly to our doctors and healthcare system. Any additional relief provided by Congress should include the resources needed to provide broadband access to every corner of our state.”