AFFORDABLE INTERNET ACCESS
In today’s hyper-connected world, no one can enjoy equal opportunity without broadband access. Internet connectivity has become necessary to have a fair chance to make it through school, get a job, participate in union activities, rent an apartment or buy a house, run a business, find what one needs to buy, obtain medical treatment, and participate in politics. Nonetheless, millions of Americans lack broadband.
This dearth of access is especially significant in poorer urban areas and rural counties, whose residents suffer deeper disadvantage as a result. To remedy this problem, we must guarantee broadband for all. The Federal Job Guarantee can put people to work constructing the necessary broadband infrastructure to ensure that no one is out of range. Federal regulations must ensure that everyone can afford the routers and other equipment needed to access broadband, as well as ensure that universal broadband service is freely available.
Broadband access, however, cannot provide equal internet opportunity unless we preserve net neutrality. Removing net neutrality allows broadband providers to influence what content is available online. It also allows them to impose extra fees on internet content that jeopardize the affordability of broadband use. To allow broadband for all to conform to equal opportunity, we must maintain net neutrality. Only then can we uphold the freedom and affordability of broadband content.