September 22, 2020 — Issue Brief

Under normal circumstances broadband is the lifeline to economic opportunities, social engagement, and democratic participation in modern society. During the COVID-19 pandemic, broadband is essential to protect the health and well-being of members of a household and the public as well as key to a families’ economic survival. Tragically, the racial disparities in broadband access have exacerbated the risk exposure of families of color during this historic public health crisis.