On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition of more than 220 national organizations to promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States, and the undersigned organizations, we write to urge you to cosponsor and support the Emergency Broadband Connections Act (EBCA), the companion measure to H.R. 6881, and the emergency broadband provisions of the HEROES Act. Even as some states re-open, nearly all people in the nation—from seniors to children—must continue to rely on broadband to work, learn, and meet daily needs as they continue to social distance. The need for connectivity across the country, including in the U.S. territories, has never been greater, exacerbating the consequences of the existing digital divide. Moreover, with many companies ending their commitment to the Federal Communications Commission’s Keep Americans Connected Pledge as of June 30, 2020, fewer people will be able to afford broadband during this public health and economic crisis.
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