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The Podium

Monday, August 15

A Positive Impact for Disenfranchised Communities

By Brad

In a commentary piece for the The Legislator, a publication from the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, Florida State Representative Mia L. Jones writes about the positive impacts of the proposed merger of AT&T and T-Mobile for consumers:

What I like best about this merger is the impact it will have on technologically disenfranchised communities. Currently, the U.S. ranks 15th in the world in broadband adoption, and 25th in terms of average Internet connection speeds. The merger will help improve the U.S. ranking in broadband adoption by increasing mobile broadband availability in small, rural communities. This will directly help achieve the FCC and President Obama’s goal to “connect every part of America to the digital age.”

Rep. Jones’ full commentary is worth checking it out. You can download a PDF of the August issue of The Legislator here.

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