The Biden administration has announced that it will spend $45 billion to provide high-speed internet to all Americans by 2028. The funds will be distributed by Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo. Raimondo compared the effort to provide universal access to high-speed internet to rural electrification during the 1930s. Regardless of the specifics of the project, it is an important step toward ensuring high-speed internet is available to all Americans.
Despite the uncertainty regarding the implementation of the bill, the new funding should help the US connect to the world. The federal government has never defined what affordable means. In fact, despite a lack of clarity, Raimondo praised the new federal infrastructure bill for its inclusion of broadband internet. Raimondo’s remarks were tempered by a recent interview with a college student in Atlanta. Despite the lack of high-speed internet in her rural home, she still managed to schedule appointments with doctors via telehealth. She also spoke to a college student in Atlanta who had to drive back to campus to access the internet. She fell asleep at the wheel and hit two auto accidents.
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