Join the Academy and the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC) for a panel discussion on the impact of pandemic response funding and programs designed to make home internet more affordable and accessible.
When the pandemic hit, affordable and dependable internet became vital to keep America going. Children attended school online, businesses transitioned to telework, and health care providers shifted to telehealth appointments. These sudden changes highlighted the glaring disparity in internet connectivity to underserved communities. Congress gave $3.2 billion to help fix the issue, and so far more than 7.4 million households have received financial assistance to make internet more affordable. If another national crisis occurs, are we any closer to breaking the digital divide?
The expert panelists will discuss:
This event is on-the-record and open to the press.
Kathryn de Wit, Pew Charitable Trusts
Evan Feinman, Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission
Dr. Dominique Harrison, Citi Ventures Studio
Evan Marwell, Education SuperHighway
Angela Siefer, National Digital Inclusion Alliance