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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.

Patrick Madden joined WWNO in 2019 as its first-ever Regional News Director, overseeing news reporting at WWNO, as well as our partner station WRKF Baton Rouge. Madden also serves as one of the hosts of Louisiana Considered, and co-hosts Friday's Politics Roundtable on Louisiana Considered with Stephanie Grace, columnist for The Times-Picayune | The Advocate.
Alana Schreiber is the managing producer for the live daily news program, Louisiana Considered. She comes to WWNO 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.