The American Connection Project Broadband Alliance has been very active in the last few months. There’s a new website - and several new initiatives.
In addition to the 3,000+ free public Wi-Fi sites available from partner companies across the country, the coalition recently launched the American Connection Corps supported by 20 member organizations and in conjunction with Lead for America. This advocacy program is a boots-on-the-ground effort to drive expanded local internet connectivity and the benefits it provides. This program will select, train and place 50 Fellows in two-year, paid, full-time fellowships with local institutions (e.g., local governments, nonprofits, community foundations) to tackle tough challenges facing the community, strengthen their hometown's civic infrastructure and join a new cohort of transformational community leaders. You can read more about the program.
The group also announced the intent to create a new working group focused on Education. The new effort joins the existing Broadband Policy and Telehealth Policy teams. Geoverse currently participates in the Broadband and Telehealth groups and is looking forward to joining the Education group.
In early May, Fast Company announced The American Connection Project was selected as a finalist for the 2021 World Changing Ideas award in the Politics & Policy and Corporate Responsibility categories as well as an honorable mention in the Pandemic Response category.
Geoverse is honored to be a part of the American Connection Project membership and to be able to contribute to the goal of ensuring affordable, robust broadband access to rural communities across the country.