Today's topic by Kris Broughton at The Root:

Shirley Franklin Helps Close the Broadband Divide

Former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin has taken on a new role as an advocate for broadband access for the underserved. She was recently named by the Alliance for Digital Equality as a senior policy adviser. In a special report to Roll Call, Franklin and former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz collaborated to spell out the role they saw high-speed Internet access playing in disadvantaged communities. "Broadband is the cornerstone to providing more affordable access to health care for the unserved and underserved, and is really the bridge to the future for our children."

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