On May 15, Mobile Citizen partner, Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition will release the results of a study conducted by Dr. Raul Katz demonstrating the economic benefits of awarding Educational Broadband Service (EBS) licenses to educational institutions and Tribal Nations.

As we have mentioned in the past, EBS is a valuable public resource that is at the core of the affordable internet service Mobile Citizen provides to nonprofits, schools and other educational institutions. Unfortunately, instead of making this resource more readily available, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is considering adopting a sweeping proposal that will likely privatize EBS, in essence eliminating the only spectrum band reserved for educational and nonprofit entities.

We believe this research will demonstrate that in order to bridge the digital divide and spur economic growth, it is vital that EBS is made available to the educational institutions, nonprofits and Tribal Nations that are best poised to maximize its effectiveness.

The SHLB presentation of this data, The Economic Benefits of Keeping the ā€œEā€ in EBS, will be hosted at the 2nd Annual Invitational Summit on Digital Equity & Economic Inclusion from 12:15 p.m ā€“ 1:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Interested in attending? You can RSVP here.

You can also learn more about EBS and the efforts to save it at saveebs.org.