The Broadband Gap—Who’s Not Online in America Today

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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.

Related resources:

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

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Who's Not Online in America Today?

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Having access to reliable, high-speed internet is not a reality for many millions of people across the United States. With so many of Americans’ day-to-day tasks—such as learning and working—relying on broadband access, what are communities doing to get more people connected?

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How does broadband internet reach our homes, phones, and tablets? What kind of infrastructure connects us all together? What are the major barriers to broadband access for American communities?

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