Millions of people are without reliable Internet access in the midst of a pandemic. Kids are sitting outside Taco Bell to do their homework. People need to access information about how to get a vaccine. Meanwhile, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) like Comcast are imposing arbitrary data caps and there is nothing stopping them from kicking people off the Internet if they’re unable to pay their bills.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is deadlocked, and will remain so until the Biden Administration nominates, and the Senate confirms, a fifth commissioner. But we desperately need a functional FCC now.
The Biden Administration needs to nominate a fifth commissioner who doesn’t have ties to the media and telecom industries and will stand up to the ISPs, who supports reinstating net neutrality, and who will expand broadband and ensure everyone—especially low-income neighborhoods and communities of color who have experienced the greatest harm from the digital divide—has affordable access to the Internet.