Students need high-speed internet now

Legislation | 04/23/2020

Amy Pitlik
Director of Government Affairs

Stand families have sent thousands of emails urging Congress to secure funding to expand E-Rate so students without home broadband access can get connected and continue learning during COVID-19. But we’re still waiting – and every day Congress fails to act, millions of students miss out on critical instruction and fall further behind their digitally-connected classmates.

Students need high-speed internet now. Today, we’re calling on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to step up and use its authority to ensure disadvantaged students can access online learning at home. 

Take Action

Tell Chairman Ajit Pai and FCC Commissioners to act immediately to expand E-Rate to fund home internet access for students in need.  

About 1 in 7 children lack internet access at home. This digital divide disproportionally affects students of color and those in low-income homes. Children whose academic journeys were already lined with hurdles have now been completely thrown off course, unable to continue their educations through absolutely no fault of their own.

Being able to access a K-12 public education during this pandemic shouldn’t be a privilege – it’s a right. The educational inequities that already exist between low-income and wealthier students will grow wider every day until our leaders step up. 

Take one minute and urge the FCC to use its authority to make E-Rate funds available to equip students with home internet access.  

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  • It is essential to provide all students with internet access and a device they can use remotely to access learning materials, consult their instructors and communicate with peers. It is essential at this crucial time to find ways to ensure everyone can participate in their education and to plan for future events such as the current coronavirus pandemic.
    Michelle Ray

    April 23, 2020 4:57 PM

  • All students need to have access to a computer and internet service. Let’s all do our part to give everyone a fair chance at learning with the proper tools. Thank you!
    Virginia Lew

    April 27, 2020 9:20 PM

  • All students need to have access to a computer and internet service. Let’s all do our part to give everyone a fair chance at learning with the proper tools. Thank you!
    Virginia Lew

    April 27, 2020 9:20 PM