Shrinking the American broadband gap

The World

The Obama administration has made universal access to broadband Internet a top priority, but a new FCC study says that access or no access, 31 percent of Americans can’t afford the cost.

We talk to Nick Szuberla, a community activist in Whitesburg, Kentucky, who says that the government needs to treat broadband access like a basic necessity and subsidize monthly access. Without such subsidies, the country could be leaving millions of Americans in the intellectual dark ages. We also turn to The New York Times’ Brian Stelter who says that the White House may have to re-think its plans in light of this study’s findings.

Watch “Dial-Up Rocks,” a video in support of universal broadband from Appalshop.

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