CSI is sounding the alarm on the need for broadband equity. As the FCC develops its National Broadband Plan, long-neglected communities of color must be included. People of color are getting online, but too many still don’t have the access to high-quality high-speed internet. CSI is publishing a set of talking points on broadband equity and is calling for investment in broadband infrastructure that builds equity and opportunity where it’s needed most.
NAACP recognize that federal investments in broadband and the development of the National Broadband Plan create unique opportunities to foster structural fairness and inclusion. On January 29, 2010, the organizations partnered with the Office of Congressman Bennie G. Thompson, Jackson State University, Full Spectrum South, the Center for Technology, Innovation & Community Engagement at the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University and Tougaloo College to host “Building Opportunity through Broadband.”
The Broadband in the Mississippi Delta report analyzes broadband availability and economic opportunity in Mississippi and the impact it has on communities of color. With far too little internet access in communities of color, hundreds of thousands are effectively prevented from contributing to the economy.