|Slow load times on web pages caused by the lack of broadband internet access unfortunately remains a fact of life for many Alabamians, especially in rural areas.
An uncomfortable truth is the height of the COVID-19 pandemic exposed the gaps in our state’s broadband infrastructure. State leaders understand high-speed internet access has become essential to daily life, as many schools embrace virtual learning, adults opt to work from home, and telemedicine gains traction.
The current Legislative Session has already seen approval of $277 million from the American Rescue Plan Act to expand broadband connectivity, and this is one of many steps in the right direction. While $277 million is a welcome and wise investment, it’s worth noting current cost estimates project it will take at least $4 billion, and perhaps as much as $6 billion, to provide every Alabamian with high-speed broadband.
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