Bridging the Digital Divide

The need for Wi-Fi has skyrocketed, whether for meetings, doctor’s appointments or schoolwork. Broadband access is an issue that millions of Americans in rural and underserved communities are facing.

Companies with a large number of consumers, employees and other stakeholders affected are stepping in to help out.

Land O’Lakes, Inc. has taken action on the Hill and in the community, including:

  • Implementing more than 150 free, temporary Wi-Fi locations across 19 states to use from the safety of their vehicles.
  • Advocating on the Hill and in communities for rural broadband access through federal investment, better mapping and coordination.
  • Raising awareness of the issue through ongoing media efforts including speeches, podcasts, press and more.

Verizon has waived fees and contributed to relief efforts, including:

  • Tripled data allowance for Verizon Innovative Learning schools, its education initiative targeting Title 1 middle schools, and partnered with the Los Angeles Unified School District to provide internet connectivity for up to 100,000 students.
  • Committed $10 million to organizations directed at supporting students and first responder healthcare workers.
  • Waived internet and voice service charges for Lifeline customers to two billing cycles.

Tech leaders including Microsoft, Google and Apple have focused on enabling more accessible distanced learning, including Google contributing $10 million to a Distance Learning Fund, Microsoft joining UNESCO’s Global Education Coalition and Apple providing free 1:1 coaching sessions with Apple Professional Learning specialists.