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Access to high-speed internet is a problem in Louisiana. This program aims to fix it.

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Veneeth Iyengar
Veneeth Ayengar, executive director of ConnectLA, leading a discussion on broadband expansion and development in Franklinton, Louisiana.

Louisiana’s lack of reliable, high speed internet was underscored during the pandemic as residents worked from home and students attended virtual school.

A new program out Louisiana’s Office of Broadband Development & Connectivity is trying to change that. Today on Louisiana Considered, WWNO’s Alana Schreiber spoke with Veneeth Iyengar, CEO of ConnectLA, about plans to alleviate the state’s digital divide.

Then host Patrick Madden talked to Professor Dr. Robert Collins about his research into New Orleans' decades-long history of Black mayors, from Ernest "Dutch" Morial to LaToya Cantrell, and the power limits they have historically faced.

Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Patrick Madden. Our producer is Alana Schreiber and our digital editor is Katelyn Umholtz. Our engineers are Garrett Pittman, Aubrey Procell and Thomas Walsh. 

You can listen to Louisiana Considered Monday through Friday at noon and 7:30 pm. It’s available on Spotify, Google Play and wherever you get your podcasts. 

Louisiana Considered is made possible with support from our listeners. Thank you!

Patrick is the Regional News Director for the news collaboration between WRKF Baton Rouge and WWNO New Orleans.
Alana Schreiber is the managing producer for the live daily news program, Louisiana Considered. She comes to WRKF from KUNC in Northern Colorado, where she worked as a radio producer for the daily news magazine, Colorado Edition. She has previously interned for Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul and The Documentary Group in New York City.