Vol. 17, No. 33
August 23, 2021
Agencies to Hold Summit on Improving Broadband on Tribal Areas
The U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) announced that a coalition of federal agencies are working together to address closing the digital divide and increasing internet access across Indian Country. The DOI and the Institute of Museum and Library Services are partnering with the Department of Agriculture and NTIA for the 2021 National Tribal Broadband Summit, taking place throughout September as a virtual event.

The summit offers a platform for leaders across the broadband development ecosystem to share best practices, new ideas and lessons learned from their real world experience of bringing high-speed internet to tribal businesses, governments and homes.
Bill Introduced to Improve 911 Response for People with Disabilities
House Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) introduced the Information Sharing and Advanced Communication (ISAAC) Alerting Act, which directs the FCC to prepare a report on how to implement a nationwide 911 disability alerting system.

“Far too often, first responders lack critical information and training when responding to people with disabilities. This can put families, first responders, and people with disabilities at risk during an emergency situation. By requiring the FCC to examine the feasibility of implementing a 911 disability alerting system, the ISAAC Alerting Act will help identify and address the challenges first responders face in these situations. It will improve the overall quality of care when a first responder enters a home and may need to provide unique assistance to someone with a disability," said Rep. Rodgers.

“We have a responsibility to ensure law enforcement agencies and first responders have vital information they need when responding to emergency calls to keep themselves and the public safe," said Rep. Dingell. "With this legislation, we will take a critical first step in ensuring law enforcement and first responders are better equipped to respond to 911 calls from households with an individual with a disability.”