Mobile Citizen is proud to support S. 2958. This bill, sponsored by Sen. Udall and Sen. Gardner, would allow the use of E-rate funds for wireless access on school buses. This legislation would help address one of the most significant challenges students and educators face today – the homework gap.
As an Educational Broadband Service (EBS) licensee working tirelessly to address the homework gap and increase broadband access for low-income Americans, we believe this legislation would provide an important tool to combat this problem.
As more teachers assign homework that requires broadband access, students from low-income families face a critical disadvantage compared to their peers with broadband access. According to the Pew Research Center, over 31 percent of households that earn under $50,000 per year lack broadband access at home.
We believe this bill is an important step towards addressing this issue and applaud Sen. Udall and Sen. Gardner for introducing this much-needed piece of legislation.
Read the full text of the bill here.