“Investment upfront to build out infrastructure and support internet providers is fantastic,” Mr. Bouhmad said. He added that residents in places like Baltimore would continue to need federal subsidies and that the administration should focus on the costs of broadband as a major hurdle.
“Project Waves is a life saver,” said Bennet. If he didn’t have internet access, he said, “It’d be real ugly. The kids wouldn’t even be in school right now. I can’t afford cable right now. Without [Project Waves], it would be a disaster.”
“Even if you have a device, it doesn’t help unless you have connectivity, and certain parts of the city are just broadband dead zones," Mullin said. “The folks there are very excited about having an option for their students."