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This is a Guest post by David Sutphen. David is the co-chair of the Internet Innovation Alliance. This article originally appeared on EbonyJet.com.

Over the past ten years, Americans have enthusiastically embraced and adopted broadband Internet. Although we have made significant progress, a real digital divide still exists in the African American community. The Obama Administration’s $7 billion stimulus investment in broadband and technologies like web-enabled smart phones are helping to close this divide, but we must continue to do more to ensure that our community gets connected.

Simply put, broadband has become a critical life tool. Whether it’s looking for a job, managing your finances or healthcare, pursuing a higher education, staying connected to friends, family and community, high-speed Internet is the great enabler and equalizer.

There are many more effective ways to address the digital divide than divisive new regulations unrelated to adoption or deployment, which bring a high degree of uncertainty and could have unintended consequences.

The FCC should invest its time and political capital where the returns are highest: in the National Broadband Strategy – a common goal for all parties – if it really wants to help connect every American to the benefits of high-speed Internet. The net neutrality distraction will disserve efforts to remedy persistent digital divides and imperil critical elements of the National Broadband Strategy.

Here are ten reasons why new the internet regulations impede the common goals of connecting all Americans and closing the digital divide:

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  • Stac77

    The beauty of technology is that it is a neutral platform. With it, ordinary citizens can do extraordinary things. Harnessing the power of technology is truly the key to economic success in America, particularly for low-income and minority communities. But as this article points out, home broadband adoption among African Americans has been slower than it has been for other populations. And in order for us to prepare our communities for the future, we need to focus our efforts on increasing education about he power of broadband to change lives, and we must increase it’s availability and accessibility to the people who can benefit the most from its use. A few weeks ago, 16 national organizations of black elected officials, civil rights groups and professional service associations sent this same message to the Federal Communications Commission. They were advocating for increased broadband opportunities for all Americans, particularly the underserved, and they encouraged the FCC to shy away from regulations that could lock in the current disparities between America’s digital haves and have nots. These are exactly the kind of efforts we all need to support, because it’s the only way to guarantee digital equal opportunities for all people.