Whyy PBS: After pressure from advocates, Comcast boosts internet speed for low-income users

This is the sixth speed increase in 10 years for Internet Essentials. Sascha Meinrath, a telecommunications professor at Penn State University, said this increase was crucial because “25 mbps was inadequate for any family with more than one child in virtual school.”

That speed is the bottom threshold for the Federal Communications Commission’s definition of broadband. Meinrath, who has studied the issue for years and specifically its impact on rural Pa., found in 2019 that median speeds for most of the state fall below that mark.

Meinrath, too, said the issue is all about social justice.

“The digital divide is de facto redlining,” Meinrath said.