Mandating community service is bad

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Mandating community service is bad

Less than half of households living on under ,000 are connected.

The collective deficit in opportunity, education and prospects–everything implied in “being connected”–further separates us into haves and have-nots. The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) under President Obama called a 25-megabits-per-second download speed–the minimum technical parameter of broadband–the “table stakes” for participation in 21st century life.

Social-studies teacher Danielle Caldwell exults after trading up for DSL. His mother’s house has DSL, and people arrive an hour early for Sunday dinner so they can get their online banking done before the meal.

And on his very first day in office, Ajit Pai, the FCC chairman appointed by President Trump, vowed to close the divide “between those who can use cutting-edge communications services and those who do not.” Trump’s Commerce Secretary agrees, and 48 Senators have signed a letter urging a broadband expansion that, if it were up to Democrats, would account for billion of their proposed

Social-studies teacher Danielle Caldwell exults after trading up for DSL. His mother’s house has DSL, and people arrive an hour early for Sunday dinner so they can get their online banking done before the meal.

And on his very first day in office, Ajit Pai, the FCC chairman appointed by President Trump, vowed to close the divide “between those who can use cutting-edge communications services and those who do not.” Trump’s Commerce Secretary agrees, and 48 Senators have signed a letter urging a broadband expansion that, if it were up to Democrats, would account for $20 billion of their proposed $1 trillion infrastructure bill.

Yet no master plan exists to bring broadband to every home, at least not the way the Tennessee Valley Authority in the 1940s brought electrical power to Appalachia.

The local provider said it isn’t worth it to wire his neck of the woods.

“I can understand why cable companies don’t want to do it,” says Blick.

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Social-studies teacher Danielle Caldwell exults after trading up for DSL. His mother’s house has DSL, and people arrive an hour early for Sunday dinner so they can get their online banking done before the meal.And on his very first day in office, Ajit Pai, the FCC chairman appointed by President Trump, vowed to close the divide “between those who can use cutting-edge communications services and those who do not.” Trump’s Commerce Secretary agrees, and 48 Senators have signed a letter urging a broadband expansion that, if it were up to Democrats, would account for $20 billion of their proposed $1 trillion infrastructure bill.Yet no master plan exists to bring broadband to every home, at least not the way the Tennessee Valley Authority in the 1940s brought electrical power to Appalachia.The local provider said it isn’t worth it to wire his neck of the woods.“I can understand why cable companies don’t want to do it,” says Blick.

trillion infrastructure bill.

Yet no master plan exists to bring broadband to every home, at least not the way the Tennessee Valley Authority in the 1940s brought electrical power to Appalachia.

The local provider said it isn’t worth it to wire his neck of the woods.

“I can understand why cable companies don’t want to do it,” says Blick.

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Consumer advocates note that FCC chairman Pai, formerly a lawyer for Verizon, has voted against expansions of E-Rate and Lifeline and places his faith in a marketplace that has not provided anywhere near universal access to what is now an essential service. The public is our client,” Pai told TIME in an interview conducted by phone as he was being driven across Ohio.

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