Tonight, candidates for president Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will face one another in the first presidential debate of this election in Hempstead, New York, at Hofstra University, moderated by NBC’s Nightly News anchor Lester Holt. The theme of tonight’s discussion will be “the direction of America, achieving prosperity, and securing America.”
Both candidates have expressed that updating our country’s infrastructure is critical to economic development and America’s global competitiveness. We believe our digital infrastructure—broadband to homes, schools, libraries, and other community anchor institutions and businesses—should be part of that conversation. That’s why today we have joined a number of groups on an open letter to the 2016 presidential debate moderators, calling them to ask candidates about how they’ll address broadband in their infrastructure plans. The letter outlines our shared position that many Americans lack access to digital infrastructure and calls on the debate moderators to ask the following question of candidates:
“Home broadband internet access has become an essential tool for education, employment, civic engagement, and even healthcare. Yet 34 million people still lack access to affordable highspeed internet. What will you do as president to help expand access to affordable highspeed internet for everyone in America?”
The debate will run from 9:00 to 10:30 p.m. (Eastern time).