Government Affairs

UPCEA Signs Letter to Hill on Broadband Access and Infrastructure

June 5, 2020

Twenty-nine (29) higher education associations and organizations, including UPCEA, joined EDUCAUSE on June 5, 2020, in sending a letter to Congress on significant broadband issues for higher education. The groups asked Congress to consider the needs of economically distressed college students in relation to efforts to bridge the digital divide during COVID-19 pandemic, specifically citing the Supporting Connectivity for Higher Education Students in Need Act as an important option for doing so. They also requested that Congress include proposals for strengthening the nation’s research and education (R&E) networks in potential broadband infrastructure funding, given the significant role that R&E networks play in providing advanced broadband access for community anchor institutions and the academic research community. Finally, the letter encouraged federal policymakers to further enable the efforts of colleges and universities to extend their networking and technological capabilities in response to the learning, research, and service demands driven by the pandemic.

Click here to read the full letter.

UPCEA is a proud founding member of advocacy groups such as the Today's Students Coalition as well as the National Adult Learner Coalition.

UPCEA Policy Committee

Ricky LaFosse, University of Michigan, Chair
Kristen Brown, University of Louisville
Allison Friederichs, University of Denver
Mary Niemec, University of Nebraska
Reed Scull, University of Wyoming
Dick Senese, Capella University


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