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Clyburn Statement of Digital Literacy Training

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Released: October 12, 2011

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October 12, 2011
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STATEMENT OF COMMISSIONER MIGNON CLYBURN

ON THE FCC'S EFFORTS TO EXPAND DIGITAL LITERACY TRAINING

& CLOSE ADOPTION GAP
I commend Chairman Genachowski for his eagerness to tackle a problem that continues
to plague America. The hesitancy that individuals and families have in embracing the incredible
benefits of broadband is a barrier that must be overcome, and I made it a central part of my
mission at the FCC.
Almost every day, I learn about a new service that is only available online or a great new
Internet site that will make my life easier in some way. However, opportunities like these are
inconsequential to tens of millions of individuals in this nation, as they have yet to realize the
power and life-changing aspects of broadband. Cost, relevance, stubbornness, and apathy all
play a role, but the lack of basic computer and Internet literacy is a central and intimidating
barrier, especially among seniors, rural residents, and in lower-income areas.
The Chairman has smartly chosen to enlist organizations that are close to these
communities and will spread the word regarding the empowerment and life-changing aspects of
broadband connectivity. I am ready to assist him in doing so, and applaud him for this bold
initiative.

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