Congress should enact broadband equity for small-money households

Robert E. Branson

This impression column was submitted by Robert E. Branson, esq., president and CEO of the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Web Council.

Every of us has sacrificed, or misplaced, a little something all through the pandemic. To maintain our communities harmless, we’ve sacrificed precious time — extra than a year’s truly worth — of in-individual celebrations and the every day connections that appear with going to work, attending college, traveling to your health care service provider or even simple pleasures like travel, sporting functions or a excursion to the motion pictures. Quite a few of us misplaced expensive pals, family members and neighbors.

For lower-wage frontline personnel, who are disproportionately represented by men and women of coloration and other minority groups, the pandemic exacerbated a collection of pre-present troubles to an untenable degree. Tens of millions of small-revenue people today even now really do not have property broadband connections, computers or the digital techniques required to navigate them perfectly.

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