President Biden has put Vice President Harris in charge of his initiative to close the digital divide, a clear signal that the White House is making access to affordable, high-speed internet a priority.

How important is closing the digital divide? Blair Levin, who led the effort to create the Obama administration’s National Broadband Plan, said, “To the public, broadband represents the infrastructure of the future, more so than an improved road does.”

He’s right, of course, but closing the digital divide will require more than just affordable broadband for everyone. It will also require new policy frameworks and initiatives that enable and encourage innovation. I am thrilled that the Vice President of the United States has been tasked with leading the effort.

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About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit



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