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Internet access has become essential to providing people with opportunities they need to maintain or improve their quality of life. A 2014 study by Deloitte, a consulting firm in the US, found that improved internet access leads to economic growth, better health and education, and greater social inclusion. Analysis of data from the 2013 Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index® combined with census data even shows a link between internet connectivity and happiness.
Our team at HighSpeedInternet.com believes increased internet access will make the world a better place, and we believe it’s important to invest in making internet access more affordable for everyone.
Internet.org, led by Facebook, is a nonprofit organization with an affordable internet initiative. According to this organization, only a third of the people on the planet have access to the internet. Its goal is to make the internet 100 times more affordable, thereby making it economically feasible for everyone with a phone to get internet access. They plan to do this by investing in the development and implementation of technologies that will help lower infrastructure costs and lower the amounts of data that need to be transferred across the internet to make apps work.
EveryoneOn.org is a nonprofit organization seeking to bring affordable internet access to Americans who currently have no way to get online. According to the 2010 census, as many as 25% of American households are without internet access. A disproportionately high number of that 25% are households in low-income and/or remote areas. Through its partnerships, EveryoneOn.org offers free or very affordable internet service in 48 states and in Washington, DC. They also offer low-cost, refurbished computers and equipment as well as free computer and internet courses in more than 8,000 locations.
In 2010, the FCC released the National Broadband Plan aimed at giving Americans across the country the opportunity to connect to the internet. The Broadband Action Agenda lays out several steps for enacting that plan. The agenda plans to promote world-leading mobile broadband infrastructure and innovation, accelerate universal broadband access and adoption, and advance national purposes such as education and healthcare. The FCC listing broadband access on an equal level of importance as education and healthcare speaks volumes about how critical internet access can be to a person’s success.
We applaud these organizations and others like them. The internet has the power to give anyone access to life-changing knowledge. To deny anyone access to the internet is to rob them of opportunity. It’s time to work together to make internet access affordable to all.