Letter from The Greenlining Institute: SB 649 will NOT close the digital divide as AT&T, Verizon and Qualcomm promise low income communities

 

Sadly, communications providers have repeatedly demonstrated that they will not make advanced services available to low-income or rural areas unless they are required to do so. SB 649 contains no such requirement, instead allowing providers to pick and choose where to build their networks without any community input. Under SB 649, it is likely that providers will focus any service improvements on high-income areas. SB 649 in no way guarantees that low-income communities and communities of color will gain increased access to advanced communications services. Accordingly, SB 649 will not help close the digital divide.Read more

About The Greenlining Institute (from their website http://greenlining.org/about-greenlining/our-mission-history/) A policy, research, organizing, and leadership institute working for racial and economic justice. We work on a variety of major policy issues, from the economy to environmental policy, civic engagement and many others, because we recognize that economic opportunity doesn’t operate in a vacuum. We don’t see these issues as being in separate silos, but as interconnected threads in a web of opportunity.

2017-09-03T14:07:43+00:00 August 19th, 2017|Stop SB.649|