EducationSuperHighway Establishes No Home Left Offline Coalition

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The No Home Left Offline coalition unites diverse voices to advocate for policies that get unconnected households online, regardless of their zip code or living situation

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The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) allocated over $45 billion to states for broadband deployment through the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) and Digital Equity Act (DEA) programs.

This historic investment presents an opportunity to close the digital divide across the country, but we must make sure that the 20-25% of unconnected households living in multi-family and public housing, primarily in urban and suburban communities, are not left offline.

Earlier this year, 27 national organizations joined EducationSuperHighway to advocate on behalf of the millions of unconnected households living in multi-family housing. Thanks to these efforts, the BEAD program rules allow states to prioritize connecting multi-family and public housing locations in high-poverty areas and multi-family dwellings that are substantially unserved.

Building on that advocacy, EducationSuperHighway has established the No Home Left Offline Coalition. In the coming months, the coalition will be hard at work advocating to states for the inclusion and prioritization of broadband solutions that efficiently connect unconnected households living in multi-family and public housing in their state BEAD plans. While the coalition’s near-term priorities center around ensuring states include multi-family and public housing in their network deployment plans, the coalition will also advocate for other policy solutions to ensure universal access to reliable, affordable broadband, and support policies that provide access to devices and learning.

The No Home Left Offline Coalition will 

  • advocate to state policymakers on the need and urgency behind connecting those living in multi-family and public housing,
  • educate policymakers and their respective constituencies about the opportunity, and 
  • encourage community advocacy to take advantage of this historic opportunity to close the digital divide.

EducationSuperHighway is joined in this work by the following 33 organizations in our mission to ensure that no home is left offline:

EducationSuperHighway invites those committed to connecting the unconnected to join the No Home Left Offline Coalition. To join, email Scott Quinn, Director of Government Affairs and Policy, at scott@educationsuperhighway.org.

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Broadband activities are revving up in the Bay State. The timing is not a coincidence: with President Biden signing the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act into law in November 2021, and NTIA subsequently releasing Notices of Funding Opportunity which outline the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program, Digital Equity Act, and Enabling Middle Mile Grant Infrastructure program in May 2022, states and localities find themselves in a new era of funding opportunities to finally close the digital divide. To connect the unconnected to affordable broadband, EducationSuperHighway has teamed up with organizations across Massachusetts to take advantage of this opportunity in three separate areas, described below.

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