U.S Governors to U.S. President + Congressional Leaders: Broadband is critical infrastructure, not a luxury
Some 18 million Americans lack access to broadband internet connectivity, 14 million of whom reside in rural America
Dear Mr. President and Congressional Leaders:
As Governors, we have seen and appreciate your quick and much-needed COVID-19 economic stimulus for the American people. We know that much more needs to be done and we look forward to our continued work with you to respond to this crisis together.
As COVID-19 continues to impact both urban and rural communities, we are gravely concerned about the compromised digital access that now threatens entire communities, and people’s livelihoods, educational access, quality of healthcare and lives. Our rural communities are particularly less prepared to mitigate the pandemic itself and adapt to what will certainly be a different world in a post-COVID economy, in large part because of the lack of access to broadband