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Broadband Is Essential. How Can Connecticut Close The Digital Divide?

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Broadband access is not just a convenience, it’s essential for life under COVID-19. 

This hour, we take a look at Connecticut’s digital divide. We talk with a researcher whose report highlights the stark racial and economic disparities in internet access in our state.

Governor Lamont has proposed universal broadband by September 2022. But is the state taking strong enough steps to put all residents on an equal footing when it comes to internet access?

GUESTS:

  • Dr. John Horrigan - Senior Fellow at the Technology Policy Institute; he was the author of a report released in September 2020 that looked at Connecticut’s digital divide during the pandemic. It was commissioned by Dalio Education
  • State Rep Bobby Sanchez- Representing New Britain in the Connecticut General Assembly; Co-Chair of the Education Committee
  • Dr. Nicol Turner-Lee - Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution

Cat Pastor contributed to this show.

Lucy leads Connecticut Public's strategies to deeply connect and build collaborations with community-focused organizations across the state.
Carmen Baskauf was a producer for Connecticut Public Radio's news-talk show Where We Live, hosted by Lucy Nalpathanchil from 2017-2021. She has also contributed to The Colin McEnroe Show.

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