Ernest Johnson of the Louisiana State Conference of the NAACP laid out a simple and straightforward argument about how important it is to deploy broadband facilities to the underserved minority communities of Louisiana. What struck me as disturbing were the number of bigotry-laced comments included at the end of Mr. Johnson’s article, which you can find here at this link.
Could one of the barriers to broadband adoption be the perception that minorities want broadband handouts? That minority consumers want broadband for free? I can put that one question to rest with one word.
Let’s keep it real. We are not naïve that there are citizens out there that live in the dark ages. I am not afraid of the comments. Quite frankly I’d rather they be aired so I know exactly where the cockroaches are lurking.
What would really be scary is if policy makers allowed this type of bias to enter into their broadband policy decisions.