This is all about broadband access for millions of households that have been described as living on the poorer side of the digital divide. They will receive a monthly subsidy of $9.25. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) estimates that one in five people do not have access to broadband in their homes, and the vast majority of those disconnected are poor. Only about 40 percent of people earning less than $25,000 a year can afford broadband whole 95 percent of all households making over $150,000 have high-speed Internet at home, according to the FCC.
Consumer advocacy groups cheered for this decision by the FCC. Inexpensive options for access have dwindled, not grown. “A broadband subsidy for Lifeline will transform access to this basic human right in American cities, where such access is necessary to apply for even the lowest-wage jobs.” (Media Mobilizing Project). There will also be benefits for students from low-income families who do not have Internet in their homes. Seven out of ten schools assign homework that requires Internet access.
Let’s remember that connectivity and all the technology tools that are now available to today’s learners and future generations can only be as helpful as we make them. Educators and families remain the primary guiding forces. I don’t think there will ever be “Siri teachers” that will replace classroom teachers in any of our communities, regardless of income. But I could be wrong?