Broadband as a Right: 39 Attorneys General Urge Congress to Expand Internet Access

  • The National Association of Attorneys General (“NAAG”) sent a letter signed by a bipartisan group of 39 AGs to congressional leaders urging them to help ensure that all Americans have home internet connectivity sufficient to participate in telework, telehealth, and online education, as is necessary in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The letter lauded the efforts of private companies, including discounting and waiving access fees, but argued that such efforts are not sustainable and congressional action is necessary to ensure that disparities in educational and health outcomes are not further exacerbated by unequal access to internet connectivity, especially if a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic materializes in the fall.
  • The AGs urge Congress to provide expressly dedicated funding to state and local governments and to increase funding to the FCC Universal Service Fund, which provides funding to rural and low-income areas, among other things.