As our economy and society become increasingly interconnected, we must take action to ensure no community is left behind, and every American has the opportunity to thrive in the digital future.

Today, there are troubling gaps in digital adoption that we must address and eliminate. Many communities face unique challenges when it comes to bridging the digital divide. In addition to making sure low income and rural communities can participate on equal footing with the rest of America in the digital future, we must also continue to support policies that ensure people with disabilities can leverage technology to improve their lives. Public private partnerships will also be necessary as an effective strategy in helping close the gap. Given the economic struggles facing many middle class families, we also need to rethink certain state and local wireless tax policies, which can push the affordability of mobile service beyond the reach of too many families.

In many ways, digital technology can serve as a great equalizer and tool for communities struggling to attain economic growth, better educational outcomes, and social mobility. But technology can only serve those communities if we support initiatives to achieve digital equity at the same time that we hurdle toward the next wave of technological progress.  Increasing adoption is a complex problem without a single solution. Through the collaborative efforts of federal and local policymakers, industry leaders, grassroots organizations and community stakeholders, we can and we must make a vibrant digital future a reality for all.