NDIA’s Executive Director, Angela Siefer and Katy Egan (a teenager who did not have broadband at home) were guests on NPR’s Innovation Hub. NDIA’s Affiliate, Pioneer Library System, identified Katy as a student whose education was impacted by her lack of home broadband. Thanks to the library, Katy now has a hotspot allowing her to do her homework at home.
The episode is “Dissecting America’s Digital Divide”. Katy explains the necessity of having access to internet to do her homework, how she became a regular at the library and ultimately received a hotspot. Angela covers how the U.S. ended up with a broadband access problem and what we need from our federal government.