SHLB Welcomes COVID Relief Funding for Colleges, Students, Telehealth December 22, 2020
For Immediate Release
Communications Manager, SHLB Coalition
Washington, D.C. (December 22, 2020) - Today the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition welcomed the COVID-19 relief bill passed by Congress that invests $7 billion for broadband, including:
- $285 million to connect communities surrounding minority-serving colleges and universities.
- $250 million for the Federal Communications Commission’s telehealth program.
- $3.2 billion for an emergency broadband benefit program.
John Windhausen, executive director of the SHLB Coalition, made the following statement:
“The SHLB Coalition congratulates Congress for making significant progress to address the needs of anchor institutions, students, and patients for more broadband connectivity. During this pandemic, anchor institutions require more broadband capacity than ever before, and the COVID-19 relief package will help minority-serving institutions, college students, and telehealth providers meet those connectivity demands. While it is unfortunate that Congress missed the opportunity to support school and library broadband, we’re grateful that the emergency broadband benefit program explicitly makes students in low-income households eligible for a $50 per month internet access subsidy.”
The SHLB Coalition is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) advocacy organization that supports open, affordable, high-quality broadband connections for anchor institutions and their surrounding communities. The SHLB Coalition is based in Washington, D.C. and has a diverse membership of commercial and non-commercial organizations from across the United States. To learn more, visit www.shlb.org.