The Homework Gap: Why the FCC Should Vote to Extend ‘Lifeline’ to Broadband Internet Services with Susan Walters (Ep. 29)

The Homework Gap: Why the FCC Should Vote to Extend ‘Lifeline’ to Broadband Internet Services with Susan Walters (Ep. 29)

Susan is the Senior Vice President of the California Emergency Technology Fund a non-profit that focuses on closing the digital divide in California. She was previously the Regional Director of Community Relations for Citibank in Greater Southern California. Prior to Citibank she operated a small consulting practice in corporate social responsibility. The work focused on building strategic partnerships between nonprofit organizations and corporations, strategic planning, communications and marketing. She has worked in myriad areas ranging from telecommunications policy, disability access to multimedia projects. Examples of her work include designing a highly successful technology job training program for low income adults and youth, creating a brand strategy for a buy local food campaign and marketing programs to reach emerging markets.

Her firm’s clients included: AOL, Verizon, Microsoft, Independent Television Service (ITVS), San Francisco Giants, Freddie Mac Foundation, W. K. Kellogg Foundation and the FoodRoutes Network.

Susan has held senior positions in Communications and Marketing with Odwalla and Pacific Bell. Prior to her work in the private sector Susan served as a senior staff member to Willie L. Brown, Jr. during his tenure as Speaker of the California Assembly. She is an alumna of the Coro Fellows Program, and received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a Masters of Public Policy degree from Claremont University. She serves of the Board of Directors for CD Tech, Bay Area Video Coalition, World Institute on Disability and the Center for Accessible Technology.

In this episode we discussed

  • the “homework gap”.
  • the history of the FCC’s Lifeline program.
  • how to expand Lifeline to make high-speed Internet more affordable.

Resources

California Emerging Technology Fund

Internet for All Now

The Good Lord Bird by James McBride