Closing the Digital Divide

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Millions of Americans lack high-speed internet due to availability, affordability, or technical challenges. Pew's Broadband Access Initiative aims to ensure universal broadband, offering lawmakers research and support to expand access.

In this short video, you'll hear from people from urban and rural parts of the country who are confronting these issues and about the common challenges they share in accessing reliable internet. Photographer Heather Peatman's quest for connectivity takes her far from home, while William Honablew Jr., digital equity coordinator for Baltimore City, works with his community to expand broadband access.

Additionally, you'll hear from Marguerite Woods, an advocate for the visually impaired community, as she shares how critical broadband access is for inclusivity and community empowerment.

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