The technology without people and workers is useless. Housing without technology is just another housing project or Digital Desert. It is the combination that provides a future to the community.
These minority and low-income communities do not have the money to build their own telecommunications infrastructure or housing. The federal government has talked about funding rural broadband for years but with little success. Now a bipartisan group of senators is actively promoting the AIRWAVES Act to fund 5G-technology in low-income and rural areas with revenues from the auctions that sell spectrum, the fruits of those very needed efforts are most likely years in the future. Minority and rural communities certainly do not have the time to wait for government funding. We must see if the private sector can do it now.
If the prototype project is successful the NBCC will work with communities across the country that want to overcome impediments to success. Armed with an honest assessment of what they want to become NBCC will work with them to persuade those with resources to invest in their entrepreneurial vision. Not possible? Well, every major social change starts with a different vision of the future.
It’s now time to apply creative thinking to transforming these forgotten people and communities into entrepreneurial hubs.
Harry Alford is the Co-Founder, President & CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce. Kay DeBow is the Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of the NBCC. For more information visit: www.nationalbcc.org or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.