Blog Post: Invest in Broadband Access Now for a Brighter Future

High Stakes for High-Speed Internet in California


In her latest blog post, “California Should Expand Broadband Access. Here’s How,” California Competes Executive Director Su Jin Gatlin Jez explains that in past economic recessions, college enrollment has increased with unemployment. That’s not the case right now, likely in a large part due to California’s digital divide. Broadband access is a critical necessity for students, and not only because classroom instruction has paused for so many institutions. Online education will continue after the pandemic, paving the way to opportunity for those who can access it.

With the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, we hope that the end of this crisis is near, but not near enough for those Californians being left behind.

—Dr. Su Jin Gatlin Jez

“With the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, we hope that the end of this crisis is near, but not near enough for those Californians being left behind,” Dr. Jez writes. “California has an opportunity to make good on its reputation of digital innovation, equity, and global postsecondary leadership by ensuring that low-income college students can afford high-speed, reliable internet.”

Read the full post on the California Competes blog.

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