The way Bob Cabeza sees it, connecting to the World Wide Web is more than a convenience, it is an absolute necessity.
And those who can’t connect are at a severe disadvantage in today’s digital-dominated world.
“I really believe broadband access is a civil rights issue,” said Cabeza, vice president of community development for the YMCA of Greater Long Beach, in a recent interview.
“If families don’t have low-cost internet we’re going to keep them poor,” he said. “It’s that simple.”
The notion of access being a right has gained traction around the nation and world in recent years.