Vice President Harris spoke at what was billed as a “listening session on the digital divide” at the White House.
“This is also a civil rights issue, and it is about equity and fairness,” she told those in attendance. “The disparities are clear: Fewer Black and brown Americans use home broadband than white Americans. And those Americans who earn less than $30,000 a year are less likely to have high-speed Internet at home. So, we’re talking about racial disparities. We’re talking about income disparities. And why does that matter? Well, because it leads to other disparities. Because when people are cut off from high-speed Internet, they are also being cut off from opportunity.”