What the Broadband Debate Says About Race

By Jamilah King Mar 17, 2010

The FCC officially released its long-awaited National Broadband Plan (PDF) today, and so far the 360-page report has gotten a lukewarm reception. “More of a national broadband to-do list,” wrote Nancy Scola on Tapped, referring to the plan’s general lack of practical strategies. But there’s another part of the battle brewing, one that pits longtime civil rights groups against a relatively new generation of bloggers and online activists of color, aka the netroots. While everyone agrees that communities of color need wider access to broadband Internet, there are different approaches on how to make that happen.