Last Saturday, I hosted a virtual town hall with Will Toledo, PhD., a professor of education at the Univerity of Nevada-Reno. Dr. Toledo had great advice and resources for parents and teachers who are facing the challenges of distance learning during the COVID-19 crisis. We all know that distance learning usually means digital learning, so what about the students without access to the Internet?
Broadband doesn’t always reach Nevada’s rural communities, and low-income families from the farms to the big cities struggle to afford it. This digital divide restricts access to information, and now it restricts access to education and inhibits the ability to learn and work from home. People without broadband access also cannot use the Internet to apply for loans, manage their finances, order groceries, file for unemployment, etc. All of these tasks must be accomplished in person, putting them at greater risk of exposure to the coronavirus.
Access to sufficient broadband will bring immediate advances to tele-medicine, tele-education, E-commerce, entrepreneurship, financial security, and more. This is one critical way we can enrich the lives of our low-income families, Native Tribes, and rural communities in Nevada. Yet, Trump and Amodei are restricting broadband access to line their own pockets!
I’m FED UP with Amodei siding with Trump and the telecom lobbyists, and I’m FIRED UP to fight for everyone’s universal right to broadband access!
Will you help us end the digital divide?
Stay safe and well,