Broadband Is The Digital Uniter
That is what the FCC chairman stated at the recent Rainbow/PUSH Telecom Summit last week. He also stated “Closing the digital divide is one of the most important civil rights issues of our time,” Which I believe is 100% true. These statements fall in line with proposed National Broadband Plan. During his talk he also sited that relevance and cost were two main barriers to broadband adoption among minorities. I’ve said that for some time now and I’m excited to see him making those statements. I believe the relevance issue is key and believe there are things we can do now to encourage more of an interest in broadband and also push people to want be part of the creation of the next generation of web tools. The chairmen mentioned some of the digital literacy programs that have been put in place (Digital Connectors by One economy and Comcast) but I want to see even more. The next stage is digital entrepreneurship programs that push minorities to be creators in this space. As we move towards making those things a reality I agree with the FCC chair that broadband can truly be a Digital Uniter.