Democratic presidential candidates are starting to formulate plans to help the 55 million Americans who currently don’t have online access. Hillary Clinton announced her $275 billion infrastructure plan that included ensuring every citizen has Internet access, and the digital literacy skills to effectively use it. Bernie Sanders has proposed setting aside $5 billion annually through 2019 to expand broadband connectivity.
It makes sense that Democrats are the ones unveiling their broadband plans early. A major bloc of their voters comes from disenfranchised communities who would benefit from such programs. Also happy are tech industry leaders who welcome any plans that fund Internet adoption and digital literacy programs. Of particular interest to tech mavens is how the candidates would implement these policies, including guaranteeing high-speed broadband to people living in remote, hard-to-reach areas, which has until now been prohibitively expensive to install.