Despite whose political party they are associated with, voters from rural areas are appealing for a change.
According to a new survey conducted by the Connect Americans Now, 72% of the voters living in the rural communities regard that it is about time that the administration needs to take internet connection to the next level.
Republican Rep. Josh Byrnes (IA) said, “Students are being sent home with laptops, they have assignments they have to do online. You don’t want to get into a situation of the haves and the have-nots, and you don’t want to have a school district where these kids live over in this section, so they can’t do their homework at home because they don’t have the connectivity but these kids over here do.”
FCC’s Chairman Ajit Pai’s dream of “closing the digital divide is too good to be true” if net neutrality will be restored to benefit the majority of people instead of only a few who only cares to fill their deep pockets. The digital divide is the inequality among people who have the access to the next-gen technologies and those who don’t.
In the rustic areas as poor residents call for, net neutrality regulations should consist of fostering new revved-up connectivity. About 40% of the rural neighborhood still have no access to a fast internet connection. With a circumstance like this, having a neutral internet will be of less importance. Net neutrality advocates composed of lawmakers and different groups cite the Congressional Review Act (CRA) as the solution to counter the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality.
Acquiring a fast internet connection is significant to both consumers and businesses. However, for small towns and rural districts such as the 9th District in Virginia, are not so fortunate to obtain a good connection compared to the urban and suburban localities.
In Pennsylvania, business organizations, residents, and community groups are invited to participate in a test to check the speed of their internet connection. This is Public Utility
Commission and the Center for Rural Pennsylvania’s year-long effort to diagram the country’s so-called digital divide.
According to PUC Commissioner Norman J. Kennard, the information that will be gathered from the tests will help them establish a “real-world” image of internet connection speeds throughout Pennsylvania and help distinguish the places of utmost priority. Better maps would provide a better understanding of the possibilities and objections that communities deal with. It will also help the commission to determine the needed resources to bring the state forward.
The Center for Rural Pennsylvania sponsors the Penn State University research which uses the information to examine and evaluate broadband access throughout the country. The tests, however, do not gather personal data which is a relief to the participants. Penn State professor Sascha Meinrath led the research and noted that the study endows officials and the people with precise details regarding the existing situation of broadband connectivity across the republic and in their own districts.
Improvement of internet connection should come with net neutrality that will provide an open internet not only for the rich but especially to those who belong to the low-income group. Regardless of the salary and race, people should not be deprived of the right to have a fast and reliable internet connection.
With the net neutrality repeal that has taken effect since June of this year, news about blocking and throttling have emerged. In California, Verizon has been accused of throttling the fire department’s data when it was needed the most. The giant ISP admitted that they made a customer service mistake.
The Decenternet platform knows how important a reliable and fast internet connection is without the blocking and throttling of contents, especially in times of emergency. It provides limitless access to the centralized and decentralized web without discrimination because it treats contents equally. It also empowers and protects free speech enabling users to freely communicate online.