Connectivity has never been more important. As the Internet of Things continues to grow, so does our need for reliable, high-speed broadband. And yet, more than 19 million U.S. residents still don't have access to it, most of whom live in rural regions of the country.
In her latest column for Broadband World News, Fiber Broadband Association President & CEO Lisa Youngers discusses the need for this important infrastructure, and how access to internet can transform the lives of those living in rural places for the better. From her column:
"People in unconnected parts of the country lose both educational and employment opportunities. For students, the digital divide creates what's been called the 'homework gap' -- an achievement disparity between the new 'haves' and 'have-nots.' There are countless stories of young students doing their homework at McDonald's because they cannot log in from home and cannot even go to a library because there isn't one nearby or it closes early because of funding problems. This isn't fair and is leading to additional hurdles for already disadvantaged students."
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