Common Sense Kids Action Releases New Broadband Policy Brief

“The Benefits of Broadband Expansion to America’s Economy, Education, and Health"

Common Sense Media
Monday, June 29, 2015

Today, Common Sense Kids Action released a new report showing that further expansion of broadband high-speed Internet to communities that do not have it will have positive impacts on America's economy, education and health care.

Most Americans assume everyone has access to high-speed Internet at home but the fact is that income disparity cause as much as 30 percent of American households to go without high-speed Internet connections. The policy brief draws on multiple research sources to show that expanding broadband access helps to grow the Gross Domestic Product and personal incomes; that children would have greater educational opportunity, especially to do homework assigned on the Internet that many but not all children today can complete; and that teens and others would have greater opportunity to get health care advice online and save money on health expenses.

Common Sense strongly supports the Federal Communications Commission effort to extend the reach of broadband Internet service to low-income homes and will be sharing the report with policymakers to ensure that they are aware of the strong benefits broadband access would provide low income families and the national economy.

To view the report, visit: 2015 Benefits of Broadband Report

For more information, contact Lisa Cohen at [email protected] or 310-395-2544.

For more information about Common Sense Kids Action, visit /kids-action