Achieving universal Internet access may happen well before we see universal access to health care — at least if the advocacy group Internet for Everyone has its way.
The Mercury News reports that a "broad coalition of Internet business leaders, online gurus, community organizers and advocates across the political spectrum launched a campaign Tuesday with the lofty goal of universal high-speed Internet service."
The group is driven by the ideals that "Everyone must be connected to a fast, affordable and open Internet connection to prosper in today’s economy and participate in our democracy. The Internet is no longer a luxury. It’s a lifeline."
Increasing access to broadband Internet is obviously important to
expand the use of personal health records and other health 2.0
technologies, but on a more basic level it’s key to eliminating health
Communicating and informing people about their health and major health care issues are integral parts of eliminating
health disparities. And that communication increasingly occurs
electronically on the Web. So expanding access to affordable Internet
and improving public health go hand in hand.The coalition will
hold forums around the nation and try to build support for plans that
improve access, choice and innovation. To learn more about the movement
or participate in upcoming hearings, you can email the organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org.