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Broadband Connectivity and COVID-19: The FCC's Response [May 21, 2020]   [open pdf - 794KB]

From the Document: "As states and localities have directed their citizens to stay home in response to the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] outbreak, internet traffic in the United States has shifted dramatically. The greater number of individuals working remotely over the internet, participating in online education, and seeking online sources of entertainment threatens to place an increasing strain on American internet networks. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) has thus far focused its response on expanding internet access and ensuring that networks can support increased traffic. Along with its widely publicized Keep Americans Connected Initiative--an elective pledge for communications providers--the FCC has taken a number of regulatory actions aimed at promoting internet connectivity. This Sidebar provides an overview of how COVID-19 has affected the FCC's operations, some ways the FCC has responded thus far, and common criticisms and perceived shortcomings of the FCC's approach."

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CRS Legal Sidebar, LSB10475
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2020-05-21
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Public Domain
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Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/
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pdf
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