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Why closing the broadband gap is more critical than ever

•, Roger Cheng

If there's one thing that the coronavirus has shown, we all need high-speed internet access to survive in an age when everyone is stuck at home. Unfortunately, that's not the case for 18 million Americans. 

It's a staggering number, especially when you consider how essential online access is for work, school and just about every facet of our lives. Broadband access is as critical as running water or electricity, even if it isn't anywhere near as available. 

The problem cuts across different groups, from farmers in Iowa where service providers find it too costly to build out networks, to impoverished families in Manhattan who can't afford internet service. 

It's a problem virtually everyone agrees needs to be solved -- even if nobody can agree on a solution. 

The Daily Charge podcast explores this issue in a six-part series of podcasts, where we interview industry experts and executives to get their perspectives on how to address the digital divide.