Governor Ned Lamont came to AARP this week during a virtual town hall to provide high-speed internet access to all residents.
Lamont and AARP aim to provide high-speed internet access to underserved and financially affected coronavirus communities at home and in downtown communities. Lamont proposed a bill in January to ensure Connecticut residents have equal access to high-speed internet, lower costs, and consumer protection.
Lamont said the internet should also be available in public places.
“We’re also expanding broadband in our communities and providing free WiFi in many of our city centers to ensure you can go to a library, go downtown, and have your phone and access to the internet,” Lamont said.
In January Lamont presented the bill that aims to set universal broadband access targets for the state by September 2022.
“Today you can’t be on the wrong side of the digital divide. Everyone needs to be involved and that is what we are driving forward, ”said Lamont
According to AARP, the pandemic has widened the digital divide for seniors who have access to telemedicine to meet with their doctors and order prescriptions online.