Next Century Cities (NCC) is a member of the Broadband Connects America Coalition (BCA), a collection of consumer, rural, and telecommunications policy organizations committed to closing the rural digital divide. On April 7, 2020, NCC joined allies in a letter to the House and Senate Commerce and Energy Committees Chairs. It highlighted the need to: 

  1. allow schools and libraries to extend E-Rate supported networks to students at home;
  2. create an emergency Lifeline broadband benefit; and
  3. prohibit data caps, throttling, and overage fees during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) health emergency has highlighted the importance of broadband in economic opportunities, health outcomes, and social well-being. As more Americans are forced to work, learn, and see their doctor from home, broadband has never been more essential. Yet, there is a large subset of Americans that faced significant access and affordability challenges before the start of the health crisis who will continue to face similar challenges long after it passes. NCC supports the BCA coalition’s efforts to bring these issues, and potential solutions, to the forefront of Congressional priorities. 

Click here to review the letter.