In case you missed it, a recent report from the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies found that Black Americans living in rural communities in the south are more likely to lack broadband connectivity than other Americans. According to the report, 38 percent of African Americans in rural, southern communities do not have home internet, compared to the 23 percent of white Americans in similar regions.
The report also determined affordability was a key factor contributing to Black families’ lack of access to broadband internet. Data from the Pew Research Center showed 44 percent of households having an income under $35,000 do not have broadband, and in the rural south, Black individuals are more likely to have incomes under that threshold.
These statistics highlight how the digital divide contributes to inequities and makes solutions to close the broadband gap vital to achieving greater equity for all Americans.
Lawmakers must act by providing the resources and programs needed for deployment, adoption and digital skills to ensure every American can realize the full potential of the 21st century digital economy.
Read the full Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies report HERE.
Learn more about solutions to permanently bridge the digital divide HERE.
Register now for “Permanently Closing the Broadband Gap: Vital to America’s Digital Future,” a virtual discussion moderated by Connect Americans Now with a tremendous panel of leaders HERE.