Biden's Transformative FDR Moment: $40 Billion For Internet For All
In a move that is on par with FDR bringing electricity to rural America, President is announcing $40 billion to bring high speed internet to rural America.
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Internet For All Gets Funding In Every State
FDR. The initials are synonymous for many of what a president and a presidency can be. FDR’s presidency was transformative. Almost 90 years later Social Security is beloved, and the legacy of one of the greatest presidents in the nation’s history.
When the Biden administration mentioned FDR while discussing the Internet Access For All program, it is worth paying attention.
White House Chief of Staff Jeff Zients recently said during a call with reporters, “The President's Invest in America agenda is bringing the internet to people across the country and at the same time creating good-paying jobs. And this is just one example of President Biden rebuilding the backbone of America, the middle class, by creating an economy that works for families and investing in communities. Across the country. Many of these communities, long ago had been written off.”
According to the White House, 8.5 million locations in America do not have access to the Internet. Roughly, 7% of Americans have no Internet access.
The argument has been made by some in the last decade that internet providers should be regulated like a public utility because that is how important the Internet has become to Americans both in terms of quality of life and economically.
Access to affordable high-speed internet will help kids get a better education, new jobs be created, and rural communities be connected to the world.
The Biden administration’s goal is very FDR-like in some ways that we will discuss below.
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