Digital Equity

LEGISLATION TO WATCH: Digital Equity Act of 2019 (HR4486)   [EXCERPT]:

“A broadband connection and digital literacy are increasingly critical to how individuals participate in the society, economy, and civic institutions; access health care and essential services; obtain education; and build careers. Digital exclusion carries a high societal and economic cost; materially harms the opportunity of an individual with respect to the economic success, educational achievement, positive health outcomes, social inclusion, and civic engagement… and exacerbates existing wealth and income gaps…

“Achieving digital equity for all people of the United States requires additional and sustained investment and research efforts. The Federal Government… [has] made social, legal, and economic obligations that necessarily extend to how the citizens… access and use the internet…

“Achieving digital equity is a matter of social and economic justice and is worth pursuing.”