U.S. Must Expand Internet Access

MICHIGAN — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has joined 38 other state attorneys general to urge Congress to help ensure all Americans have home internet access to participate in telemedicine, teleschooling and telework services that have become increasingly crucial during the coronavirus pandemic.

In a letter sent to Congressional leaders, the attorneys general urge Congress to provide state and local governments with funding dedicated to ensuring all students and patients, especially senior citizens who are at risk, have adequate internet-enabled technology to participate equally in online learning and telemedicine.

You can read the letter in its entirety here.

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“For millions of people across this nation, the ability to certify for unemployment, apply for jobs, continue an education or to even see a doctor now depends on their access to the internet,” Nessel said a news release. “This pandemic is shining a light on the deep digital divide in America and especially at a time when people are being told to stay home, Congress should want to do its part in closing it.”

With public health experts warning that a potential second wave of coronavirus cases may require teleschooling and telemedicine to continue for millions of Americans throughout 2020, it is critical that Congress act now to help ensure that all Americans have the home internet connectivity they need to access educational opportunities, health care and to earn a livelihood, Nessel said.

This article originally appeared on the Detroit Patch

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