Several civil rights groups have formed a new broadband-focus group, the Broadband Opportunity Coalition, that is planning to work with other similar groups to promote broadband availability, adoption and usage among minorities and other underserved communities. The groups plan to file a joint application for broadband stimulus funding and issue a report focused on how broadband can be used to help solve education, health care and energy problems in minority communities.
While lack of available broadband access among minorities is a recurring and well-known issue, lack of acceptance and usage by minorities has been far less frequently addressed. The groups responded to the advice of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), which advised them to pursue a joint effort that could be more effective than standalone strategies. The NTIA and the Rural Utilities Service are the agencies awarding broadband stimulus grants.
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$7.2 billion in broadband stimulus funds are being made available