Target: Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York
Goal: Praise city and grassroots groups for bringing high-speed Internet to low-income residents to provide them with more opportunity.
New York City has announced a plan to bring high-speed Internet to public housing developments, bridging the digital gap that furthers income equality. Although the White House announced a similar countrywide program, New York is taking the lead and speeding up the process for their low-income residents. Mayor Bill de Blasio is integrating technology into his economic justice agenda, allotting $10 million to the program and hiring innovative grassroots groups to help bring it to life.
An estimated two million New Yorkers are without Internet access at home. For those below the poverty line who are struggling to pay their bills, Internet is not something they can afford. President Obama and De Blasio agree that Internet is no longer a luxury but a necessity, which means local and federal governments should ensure every member of society has access to it. Children and adolescents growing up in low-income households without Internet access are not on a level playing field with their peers. They lack computer literacy skills and tools for researching homework and applying to jobs.
Innovative grassroots groups have created small-scale systems to provide Internet to New York’s underprivileged. A neighborhood in Harlem receives free Internet thanks to two entrepreneurs who set up a broadband network at a local hospital. An isolated zone of Brooklyn receives their Internet through wireless nodes set up by the non-profit organization Red Hook Initiative. Red Hook Initiative will now be assisting the mayor’s office in bringing Internet to the city’s public housing. Local libraries will also be part of the plan, lending Wi-Fi devices to 10,000 households that lack broadband service.
The De Blasio administration will bring broadband to families who desperately need it. Struggling communities will have the same access to all of the benefits of the Internet that their wealthier neighbors do. Thank New York City and their local innovators for bringing about this economic justice.
Dear Mayor De Blasio,
New York City’s plan to provide free broadband to public housing developments is a step forward in economic justice. Closing the digital divide will give families equal opportunities in using the Internet for research, education and jobs. Taking the lead in bringing Internet to your low-income residents after President Obama announced his ConnectHouse initiative shows your dedication to the community.
The Internet has become a necessity. Government programs, schools and employers all use the Internet to relay information and provide services. Families shouldn’t be denied these services and lack this information based on their income. Thanks to your plan, they no longer will.
Bringing free Internet to New York City’s public housing developments will help to educate and connect communities that have been left in the dark. I would like to thank you for dedicating $10 million to closing the digital divide and advocating for economic equality.
[Your Name Here]
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