The FCC’s just announced Emergency Broadband Benefit program addresses the digital divide with a $50 monthly internet subsidy aimed at assisting low-income individuals gaining temporary internet access. Futurum’s Shelly Kramer explores the program, the benefits, and the challenges ahead in this initiative to breach the digital divide in the US.
Cisco’s rural broadband network solutions for services providers is fundamentally focused on closing the digital divide, a fast emerging imperative for government decision makers and all of society. The necessary move to more remote working and learning is proving that access to affordable, reliable internet access is essential to fulfilling the unique demands of rural communities in top-priority areas such as public safety, public health, education, and communications. Cisco is making the full business case warrant for rural communities to join the emerging digital workforce and ecosystem in order to survive and prosper.