Connected Nation, a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding access to broadband services, issued a press release today announcing that it is partnering with the Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA) to promote univeral access to broadband Internet connections.
The issue seems like a no-brainer for gamers, especially those who play online. But beyond that, Connected Nation maintains that the US economy will increase by $134 billion when everyone has the access to broadband. Connected Nation CEO Brian Mefford is quoted in the press release:
Connected Nation aims at promoting greater adoption of broadband services to improve the overall standard of living in our communities and the quality of life of citizens across America. We’re eager to partner with a preeminent organization such as ECA to work together to add the voices of hundreds of thousands of citizens to the call for programs and policies that will accelerate the impact of broadband in the United States.
ECA Director of Government Affairs Jennifer Mercurio was also enthusiastic:
We are thrilled to collaborate with Connected Nation to promote consumer rights and make the Internet accessible to all. Our Gamers for Universal Broadband initiative was created in direct response to member outcry over limited broadband access across the country. Now is the time for consumers to get involved to ensure that we have a powerful voice in shaping the future of the Internet.
The ECA also maintains the Gamers For Universal Broadband Facebook group. Under terms of the partnership, ECA will join Connected Nation’s Advisory Committee.
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