By Scott Denniston | FOXBusiness
On Veterans Day, we honor and celebrate the men and women who have served in our nation’s armed forces. But to truly recognize our obligation to America’s veterans, we must continue to fight to ensure they have access to the opportunities they have earned.
Unfortunately, there are millions of veterans who remain stuck behind the digital divide without access to broadband internet. This digital divide can impact nearly every aspect of life for veterans. A lack of connectivity can prevent veterans from taking advantage of telehealth solutions, reduce the educational and career opportunities available to them and place veteran small business owners and innovators at a substantial disadvantage.
According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, there are approximately 2.7 million veterans who live in rural areas and nearly half of them, 42 percent, do not have broadband access at home. As the largest non-profit trade association in the country representing veteran and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses in the federal marketplace, the National Veterans Small Business Coalition (NVSBC) believes Washington must act to eliminate the digital divide.
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