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The Internet might have been born here in the US, but we’ve fallen behind much of the industrialized world when it comes to making sure everyone can access the web. Non-white households, rural households, and low income households are still significantly less likely than wealthier, whiter, more urban populations to have fast, reliable internet at home. And that's a problem. Connectivity has consequences for the economy and for education, and increasingly, for democracy.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act includes $7.2 billion in stimulus funding for broadband deployment to under served areas—to be distributed by next summer. Many are calling this a golden opportunity to close the digital divide, a move towards Internet access for all Americans. Coming up, Where We Live, a discussion with policy experts and activists.
How do we get affordable broadband into housing projects? Over mountain passes? Out to remote farms? And why does it matter? What do you think? Has internet access become more than a luxury…is it a right?
This episode originally aired July 8, 2009.