Close the Coronavirus Digital Divide
As millions of people across the United States are stepping up (and staying home) to contain the COVID-19 outbreak, reliable access to internet and phone services is more critical than ever. Our ability to access health care, apply for unemployment benefits, educate our children, telework, stay in touch with loved ones and so much more depends on it.
However, both high prices and systemic racial discrimination are leaving millions of people on the wrong side of the digital divide. Twenty-two percent of households don’t have home internet, and low-income Black and Hispanic households are even less likely to have home internet than low-income white households.
During a crisis, internet and phone access should be accessible public services — like water and electricity. Cable and phone companies can and must help in this historic moment. We need your help: Urge AT&T, Comcast, Verizon and the rest of the nation’s broadband providers to provide low-to-no-cost unlimited service during the COVID-19 outbreak.