Findings Highlight the Urgency to Prioritize Unserved Communities and Maximize the Reach of Broadband Resources to Close the Digital Divide
In case you missed it, a new report from The NPD Group found only 50 percent of households in the continental U.S. access internet service at true broadband speeds. The findings underscore the scale of the challenge, along with the importance of prioritizing unserved communities in federal broadband programs and maximizing the cost-effectiveness, reach and positive impact of resources targeted at eliminating the digital divide.
Key findings from the report include:
The NPD report findings align with other third-party studies that also found the true scale of the digital divide is much larger than estimated by official government broadband maps. For example, a 2020 analysis from Microsoft found 120 million people do not use the internet at broadband speeds.
Read more about The NPD Group’s report HERE.
Read more about Microsoft’s usage data study HERE.
Learn more about how policymakers can prioritize unserved communities and maximize the positive impact of federal programs to eliminate the digital divide HERE.
Learn more about CAN and our mission HERE.