The Broadband Gap—Who’s Not Online in America Today
Stat: 21 million: The number of Americans not connected to broadband internet, according to the Federal Communications Commission.
Story: While most Americans are managing remote work, learning, and even participating in social gatherings online during the pandemic, there are still millions of Americans who don’t have access to high-speed internet where they live. Kathryn de Wit, manager of Pew’s broadband research initiative, explains who’s not online and shares what some states and communities are doing to bridge connectivity gaps.
Progress Made by States in 2019 Is Key to Increasing Broadband
21 Million Americans Still Lack Broadband Connectivity
53% of Americans Say the Internet Has Been Essential During the COVID-19 Outbreak
Digital gap between rural and nonrural America persists
About a quarter of rural Americans say access to high-speed internet is a major problem