Jeff Waller is an Alaska Consumer Advocate.
Alaska Consumer Advocate Jeff Waller: To make this a little more fun, I wrote a song about the digital divide. It's called the Digital Divide Blues.
Let me tell you a story 'bout the digital divide
Some say its small, but Covid showed it's wide
There's some schools where every kid's gotta laptop, & that's really neat
But some families gotta chose between an ipad or whether they eat
Its from my head down to my shoes!
I said, "Hey, lawdy mama,
Looks like you got them digital divide blues!"
Your thinkin' everybody in the nation is getting broadband
But we see that not everyone has access across this great land
We're hoping to provide the bandwidth so they can run the latest apps
But only if the high cost support actually fills all those gaps
I'm not really sure why, but I feel it down to my shoes, ahhh
Well, hey nonny nonny,
Looks like I got them digital divide blues!"
- one last verse, now -
We've got parents telecommuting and kids distance learning
You may look at that and say there's nothing too concerning
But not every parent has the time to work and to school each child
Some kids will be left behind and most people aren't even getting riled