The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Another Reason Johnny Can’t Read

Aug 10, 2020

Thousands of school systems are starting with online teaching in the fall, due to the coronavirus threat.

Millions of dollars have been spent to get computers and tablets to all students. But the plans and devices are useless without high speed Internet.

In the U.S. the Internet is treated like a play toy, on which the richer families can afford the best, while poor ones are lucky to have any.

Other rich countries treat the Internet like a necessary utility, available for all, starting at $50 a month in France, for example. In the U.S., Comcast is a monopoly in many big cities, with the triple play cable, Internet, telephone costing at least $200 a month.

In Baltimore, where Comcast is the only provider, the company offered the funding-starved school system two months of low speed cable, with a few thousand hot spots.

Last year Comcast made so many billions in profit, it came to more than 250 million dollars every week. And the politicians in every city, state and federal government position have kissed their butts to ensure those profits.

So Johnny still doesn’t have what he needs to learn to read.