According to the report, there are still 24 million Americans without access to broadband. There are 19 million rural Americans who cannot access high-speed services at home.
In California, there are 2.25 million people living in rural areas, and only 1.03 have access to 25 Mbps/3 Mbps and Mobile LTE with a Minimum Advertised Speed of 5 Mbps/1 Mbps that is 45.8%. In contrast, 97.7% of urban dwellers have access to those speeds.
I found the dissenting Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel and Mignon L. Clyburn statements most interesting. Below are some excerpts from their statements.
Commission Clyburn, the longest serving on the commission:
“The statistics are glaringly clear: persistent digital and opportunities divides remain for far too many in our nation. With respect to fixed 25 Mbps/3 Mbps and 10 Mbps/3 Mbps mobile LTE, approximately 44 million Americans lack access to both services. A whopping 66.2% of Americans living in rural and Tribal areas—as compared to 2.1% of Americans living in urban areas—still lack access to fixed 25/3 broadband. These are tens of millions of our fellow citizens who lack access to broadband putting them at a severe disadvantage when it comes to robust opportunities in education, healthcare, government services, and civic participation.”
Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel:
“There are 12 million school-aged children who are falling into the Homework Gap because they do not have the broadband at home they need for nightly schoolwork. Ask any one of them if they think the deployment of the most essential digital age infrastructure is reasonable and timely and you will get a resounding “No.” To call these numbers a testament to our national success is insulting and not credible.”
The report is clear, citizens and business in some states have better broadband access than those living in California, yet California is home to the tech giants who are making billions from people using the Internet.