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205: Wired For Success: Solutions to Close the Digital Divide w/ Antwon Alsobrook

June 20, 2024


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In today’s world, access to high-speed internet is not just a luxury; it’s a necessity. But what happens when entire communities are left behind in the digital age? This episode of the Black to Business Podcast tackles the critical issue of the digital divide that plagues many Black communities and stunts entrepreneurial growth. Our guest, Antwon Alsobrook, is leading the charge to change that and ensure everyone has the broadband access they need to succeed.

 

As a Black entrepreneur, inconsistent and unaffordable internet access can severely limit your opportunities, from connecting with customers and attending virtual meetings to accessing educational resources and leveraging pioneering technologies like web3 and virtual reality. Antwon shares his inspiring journey and sheds light on actionable solutions to close this divide, empowering you to thrive in a digitally connected world.

 

DURING THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN:

  • The far-reaching impact of the digital divide on Black communities and businesses

  • How broadband access can dramatically uplift underserved areas

  • The critical need for government investments in broadband infrastructure to ensure universal access

  • The importance of community-owned networks in bridging funding gaps and creating sustainable broadband solutions

  • Practical ways for entrepreneurs to get involved in initiatives aimed at improving broadband connectivity in their own communities

About Antwon Alsobrook:

Antwon Alsobrook is the Founder and CEO of A2D, Inc., the parent company of eCommunity™ Fiber, dedicated to revolutionizing broadband access to close the digital divide. Raised in a low-income neighborhood on Atlanta’s Eastside, Antwon’s early fascination with electronics evolved into a career in mechanical engineering and, later, into pioneering broadband infrastructure. A2D operates future-proof, community-owned broadband networks that are neutral to service providers and support crucial programs like telehealth and tele-education. Guided by the principle “to whom much is given, much is required,” Antwon ensures his company’s initiatives benefit shareholders and communities, aiming to make high-speed internet universally accessible and affordable. His work has been recognized nationally, including an invitation to the White House, highlighting his significant contributions to digital equity.

 

eCommunity™ Fiber is more than a network. It’s a game-changer. We aim to bridge the digital divide by ensuring everyone has ubiquitous broadband access. We will accomplish this goal by building open-access fiber networks in communities to A) stimulate broadband competition, B) improve services while lowering cost; and C) provide direct access to e-programs such as telehealth, tele-education, etc. without the Internet.

 

Don’t miss out on the resources mentioned in this episode by checking out the show notes at blacktobusiness.com/205 

 

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