As the world grows increasingly digital, broadband adoption is becoming more crucial to the success of the American economy and the nation’s future. While recent studies report that two-thirds of American homes have broadband, many low-income families lack computers and connectivity. Without this technology, these families are at risk of falling even further behind, both socially and financially.
Potential solutions to this digital gap are being explored. One such initiative is Comcast Corporation’s Internet Essentials program, which provides low-cost hardware, broadband, and technology training to families with children eligible for free or reduced-price school lunch through the National School Lunch Program. Can Internet Essentials and other, similar programs close the digital divide for good?
The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies Media and Technology Institute and Comcast Corporation invite you to a technology policy forum with featured speaker, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski, and a panel of broadband industry leaders and policy experts for a discussion on the new, digital American economy, technological disparities, and the initiatives working to connect the country.
Space is limited. To RSVP, email BroadbandAdoption@jointcenter.org.