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Gigabit Nation today explores how broadband can impact the Black Rural South. 38% of African Americans in this area lack broadband because the barriers to the technology are significant and deserve attention. Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies’ recent report lays out opportunities and policy changes that can turned around these residents’ broadband situation.
And as billions flow, urban communities should scope out the tech that drives healthcare delivery! Particularly exciting are telehealth,Internet of Things (IoT) and smart home automation platforms. These technologies can make a difference for the 14 million homes that lack Internet access and digital tools, 75% of which are African Americans and people of color.
Today's digital equity warriors are:
Dominique Harrison, PhD, the Director of Technology Policy at the Joint Center’s Technology Policy Program. She recently published “Affordability & Availability: Expanding Broadband In the Black Rural South”. Dr. Harrison details how broadband can increase economic, educational, and healthcare opportunities in these 152 rural counties with populations that are at least 35 percent Black.
Brigitte Daniel CEO of Wilco Electronic Systems, had a family emergency and wasn't able to participate in today's interview . We are re-scheduling her for an interview in maybe 2-3 weeks.
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