INFRASTRUCTURE - INTERNET ACCESS & AFFORDABILITY

Access to high speed internet touches almost every aspect of modern life yet there are an estimated 660,000 Virginians who don’t have access to broadband. Almost 50% of rural Virginians lack access to high speed internet and 29% don’t have any internet service at all. The Northam Administration has set a goal of 100% connectivity by 2028. Digital learning and connectivity at school and at home enables students to be prepared for tomorrow’s jobs and levels the playing field for students regardless of their affluence level or geographic location.

  • Virginia PTA urges the General Assembly to increase funding for the Virginia Telecommunications Initiative (VATI) and other programs to expedite infrastructure development to provide every Virginia household with access to affordable, high-speed internet (defined as 25mbps download and 3mps upload).
  • Virginia PTA supports programs and funding that provide every student participating in distance learning with a device or laptop computer.

BROADBAND RESOURCES

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