Attorney General Peterson joins 38 attorneys general in urging Congress to fund expanded access to broadband
Access critical for those studying, working, and seeking healthcare from home during COVID-19
Lincoln, NE— Attorney General Peterson has joined 38 attorneys general in urging Congress to help ensure that all Americans have the home internet connectivity necessary to participate in telemedicine, teleschooling, and telework as part of any additional legislation that provides relief and recovery resources related to addressing the COVID-19 pandemic.
As U.S. residents know after weeks of learning, working, socializing, and seeking healthcare from home during COVID-19, internet access is critically important.
While the attorneys general laud independent efforts of various companies to increase access by waiving late fees or even providing free or discounted access to students and medical providers, such efforts are not sustainable. Ultimately, the attorneys general contend we need a national solution.
Unless Congress acts quickly, disparities in access to home internet connectivity will continue to exist.
In a letter sent to Congressional leaders, the attorneys general urge Congress to:
It is important that Congress act now to help ensure that all Americans have the home internet connectivity they need to access educational opportunities, healthcare, and to earn a livelihood.