Support Home Internet for All Students
Tell Congress: We need $7.6 billion for home internet!
Remote learning is the reality for millions of children because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Sadly, not all children can participate effectively because many lack access to high-speed home internet and connected devices. In fact, one out of three Black, Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native households do not have high-speed home internet.
16.9 million children remain logged out from instruction because their families lack the home internet access necessary to support online learning, a phenomenon known as the “homework gap.”
There are two ways the federal government can help to close the Homework Gap to provide home internet for students.
- President Biden and Congress can approve legislation to provide at least $7.6 billion for the E-rate program.
- The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) can modernize the E-rate program and allow it to support remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Now more than ever, we need to have our voices heard to support student learning!
Policymakers have many priorities, and the Homework Gap has yet to receive direct federal funding even though Congress has spent trillions of dollars in response to the pandemic. So, it’s important for the president and Congress to know that closing the Homework Gap is a priority for America.
In addition, the Federal Communications Commission has started a process that could expand funding for home internet access and connected devices. This process is separate from the Congressional legislative process, but is critical for closing the Homework Gap.
We need your help to ensure students have access to high-speed home internet!
Educators, parents, and community members, please sign this letter of support to President Biden, Congress, and the Federal Communication Commissions.