At least 17 million U.S. residents lack the basic Internet access necessary for remote work, online learning, and telemedicine. While ensuring greater connectivity has always been important, the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have turned a desire to deliver broadband to everyone into a critical priority for the nation. The goal of Project OVERCOME is to select, launch, and oversee multiple proof-of-concept efforts to deploy novel broadband technology solutions to both rural and urban underserved communities.
Project OVERCOME was conceived of and funded by the National Science Foundation. Schmidt Futures joined as a financial and strategic partner in March of 2021.
"Thank you for all the work you have done over the past nine years to help guide communities into the connected future." Jessica Rosenworcel, Acting Chairwoman, FCC