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Mobile Citizen Presents at PPDD 2019 Annual Conference

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May 24, 2019

On Wednesday, Mobile Citizen’s Molly Fohn gave a presentation on Leveraging Public Spectrum to Bridge the Digital Divide at the Annual Partnership for Progress on the Digital Divide (PPDD) International Conference in Washington, D.C.

Partnership for Progress on the Digital Divide engages a broad diversity of individuals and organizations to spearhead a multi-associational, multi-disciplinary partnership among scholars, practitioners and policymakers aimed at making significant contributions toward closing the digital divide.

Its 25th Annual International Conference brought together an incredible collection of individuals to discuss solutions for addressing the digital divide that plagues many corners of the world. Some of the many distinguished speakers included Vinton G. Cerf of Google, Larry Irving of the Irving Group, FCC Commissioner Geoffery Starks and Gigi Sohn, a Fellow at the Georgetown Law Institute for Technology Law and Policy and a Benton Senior Fellow and Public Advocate. Mobile Citizen was honored to be included on the same agenda as these tireless advocates for creating a more digitally accessible world.

During her presentation, Fohn shared how Mobile Citizen leverages Educational Broadband Service (EBS) spectrum to address the digital divide. She also encouraged participants to let the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) know the importance of preserving this vital public resource.

According to Fohn, “EBS is a really important public resource when it comes to bridging the digital divide. When it remains public, communities are able to leverage EBS to meet their needs in a way that makes sense for their own and surrounding communities.”

Mobile Citizen appreciated the opportunity to share information about EBS, and its vast potential for addressing the digital divide, with conference attendees. We welcome the continued work of Partnership for Progress on the Digital Divide and look forward to the more connected world its efforts will no doubt create.

Learn more about EBS and how to get involved with the effort to #SaveEBS at