Opinion: Congress Should Invest in Internet Connectivity for Underserved Students
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted disparities throughout our country in issues from health care to education. As we seek to address these disparities, we need to prioritize closing existing gaps in access to high-speed internet, particularly for rural and underserved communities.
While my state tried numerous solutions, including setting up hot spots in rural areas and using public access television to deliver lesson plans in certain locations, we clearly need to do more as a nation to strengthen connectivity for Americans from all regions and walks of life.
It is tragic—given all of the technological and financial resources at our disposal—that so many students still lack access to working devices. As one of the most developed countries in the world, it is crucial that we have the infrastructure to provide internet connectivity.
We can and must do better to level the playing field, especially in a world that is becoming increasingly virtual.
By: Tim Scott