FCC Commissioner Clyburn talks connectivity, infrastructure, and impact at the Smart Regions Congress
At the Smart Regions Congress in Washington DC, FCC Commissioner Clyburn discussed the importance of broadband deployment and adoption, and how we must increase access to connectivity for economically disenfranchised communities.
34 million Americans lack access to high-speed internet, and more often than not, also live in economically disenfranchised communities.
Commissioner Clyburn shared a number of ways to ensure all citizens have the opportunity to benefit from broadband-enabled technologies, including:
1. Fostering a smart balance of public-public, public-private and private-private partnerships.
2. Creating policies that are vigilant, inclusive, and demanding.
3. Incorporating efforts that include a mix of broadband access, digital literacy, and affordability programs.
While we're making good progress in addressing rural connectivity gaps, there is still work to be done, as many urban communities continue to lack access.
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