LETTER: Low-income Broadband Access Letter to Senators
“Affordable broadband is critical to:
Provide telehealth for everyone – particularly seniors and veterans. Patients and people with disabilities must have a reliable broadband service at home to take advantage of remote health care and the additional authorization for telehealth in the CARES Act.
Ensure a more rapid end to the COVID-19 emergency. Broadband enables all people in the United States to comply more easily with national social distancing guidelines and local orders, which will mean a faster end to the outbreak.
Economic security. As we attempt to rebuild our economy, workers and small business owners need a quality broadband service to safely work from home, serve their customers remotely or apply for emergency benefits.
Fill the ‘homework gap.’ This fall, students are still likely, at best, to blend at-home and in-class learning. To be effective, high-speed broadband at home must meet the needs of a whole family and withstand intensive network use.”