Why San Jose Kids Do Homework in Parking Lots

When the F.C.C. backs telecommunications companies over local governments, low-income residents suffer the most.

By Sam Liccardo, mayor of San Jose, CA
New York Time Opinion, November 8, 2018

More than 10.7 million low-income households in the United States lack access to quality internet service. In cities like San Jose, Calif., local governments are using streetlight poles to facilitate equitable access to high-speed internet to dramatically improve educational outcomes for low-income students and expand economic opportunity for their families. Unfortunately, a recent mandate by the Federal Communications Commission might halt the progress made by these cities.

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