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Research to Policy Engagement Initiative – Broadband Access and Communities of Color: Using Policy, Research, and Advocacy to Close the Racial Digital Divide

March 12, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST


The COVID-19 pandemic alongside the continued fight for racial and economic justice shines a light on a crisis that continues to impact the most marginalized communities across the United States – access to affordable, reliable broadband. This moment presents a unique opportunity to advocate for and implement inclusive policies that will close the digital divide in communities of color and low-income communities throughout the nation. During this event, Dr. Alisa Valentin (Special Advisor, Office of FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks) will discuss the current landscape for broadband access and affordability policies on the federal level. Additionally, she will highlight how research on the intersection of broadband access, adoption, and communities of color is a crucial tool that can help policymakers effectively close the digital divide.

Please register here and the Zoom information will be e-mailed to you.

MIT’s Technology and Policy Program and its Research to Policy Engagement Initiative aims to to create a community of researchers who can learn, apply, and contribute to developing best practices in bridging knowledge to action on societal challenges, across experiences in different research domains.  The initiative seeks to connect researchers from diverse disciplines, policymakers and other stakeholders interested in the implementation aspects of technology by creating a discussion space for technology-policy interfaces. 

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