While many might still consider the internet to be a luxury, it’s increasingly becoming a necessity. It’s nearly impossible to apply for a job or research school assignments or for many people, work and even commerce, without an internet connection.
Despite the fact that the United States is home to Silicon Valley and so many internet super powers, we have only the 12th fastest internet speed in the world and nearly 60 million Americans have no access to the internet.
The Obama administration wants to change that. A report from the White House’s Broadband Opportunity Council says that broadband internet (still one of the slowest) “has steadily shifted from an optional amenity to a core utility for households, businesses and community institutions.” What that means is that they believe there should be federal funding to ensure that everyone will have access. Just like there is funding for low income people to have electricity, gas and even telephones, the White House recommends that federal funds should be provided to help low income people access the internet.
Here’s a statement from President Obama: