Via John Eggerton of Broadcasting & Cable, Comcast Vice-President David Cohen recently called broadband access a “central civil rights issue” before a crowd at the Minority Media Telecommunications Council:

“Civil rights advocates of 50 years ago fought and ultimately won the battle for equal rights,” he said, pointing out the upcoming 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

“But the battle for equal opportunity continues. And that battle won’t be won,” he said, “so long as we have people stranded on the wrong side of the digital divide because broadband technology is fast becoming the most essential tool for full participation in American society.”