NDIA has signed onto a letter with a broad coalition of organizations, including internet service providers, requesting the White House and Congress prioritize the creation of a predictable, sustainable, long-term broadband subsidy to ensure all people are empowered to fully share in the possibilities and opportunities that come with access to the internet. This letter endorses NDIA’s proposals for a permanent national broadband benefit and funding for community digital inclusion programs.

This letter states while the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) will help economically vulnerable families stay connected during COVID-19, it is a temporary program and the country needs a long-term approach. Continuing, the letter encourages “Congress to adopt a long-term federally-funded broadband benefit program that the FCC would manage and administer to provide low-income individuals with enhanced financial support for broadband long after the pandemic ends”.