Broadband, the Economy, and Driving Adoption
Comcast Corporation and the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
Monday, September 24, 2012
As the world becomes increasingly digital, broadband adoption is becoming more crucial to the success of the American economy and the nation’s future. While recent studies have shown that 90% of American homes with computers are connected to broadband, many low-income families lack computers and broadband. Without this technology, these families are at risk of falling even further behind, both socially and financially. However, potential solutions to this digital gap are being explored, such as Comcast Corporation’s Internet Essentials program, which provides low-cost hardware, broadband, and technology training to families with children eligible for free or reduced-price school lunch through the National School Lunch Program. Can Internet Essentials and other, similar programs close the digital divide for good? A panel of industry leaders and policy experts will discuss the new, digital American economy, technological disparities, and the initiatives working to connect the country.