Gov. Newsom’s words rang true last month when he stated, ‘access to the Internet is as vital as water and electricity.’ Internet access is a human right, and California must treat it as such.
The gaps between the connected and unconnected have never been clearer as California continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic. The lack of access to online classes, employment opportunities and telehealth visits became more apparent when COVID-19 shut down our state. But even as the economy opens up again, some things have changed forever, like the significance of ubiquitous broadband access.