Broadband Brings Educational Opportunities to Asian Americans
Friday, October 2, 2015
Posted by: Nick Lee
The high-speed Internet available today brings an endless amount of opportunities for people to find online courses, grow professionally, and improve overall quality of life. However, some people still struggle to gain access to the Internet speeds that are necessary to take advantage of these opportunities. Policies that widen access to the latest broadband technology have an especially positive impact on minority communities, particularly for Asian American and Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander (NHPI) populations.
We advocate for reforming education institutions and expanding educational resources to better address the Asian American community. Asian Americans face a diverse set of educational challenges, and many disparities exist among our subpopulations. While many Asian Americans are English proficient and highly educated, many others are linguistically isolated and about 35 percent have limited English language skills. These unique challenges make it difficult for many Asian Americans and NHPI individuals to reach educational milestones and to achieve personal and professional goals.
High speed Internet is an invaluable resource that can provide an endless amount of educational opportunities. Increased access to high speed Internet introduces more convenient and cost-effective ways to learn via online courses and mobile devices regardless of location. For APA populations specifically, this includes online English language lessons, professional development courses, job training, and distance learning classes.
Meanwhile, broadband providers are constantly expanding and upgrading their networks in order to meet consumer demand, reach new and underserved communities, and increase capacity and speeds. Lightning-fast 21st century networks are vital, and more and more people rely on broadband to get things done. Encouraging the development and buildout of widespread enhanced networks just makes good sense.
Increased spectrum availability encourages and initiates growth in educational tools and wireless technologies. As more spectrum is deployed, networks expand and reach new communities and populations across the country—and also, new innovations result. If we want to encourage continued development of innovations that our Asian Pacific American communities can and do use to find educational opportunities, we must support policies that make more spectrum available.