The Problems

The Problems

9.7 million students do not have reliable internet connectivity at home.

Source: Education Superhighway

As many as 400,000 teachers can’t teach because of lack of internet.

Source: Boston Consulting Group and Common Sense Media

1 in 3 African Americans and Hispanics – 14 million and 17 million, respectively – still don’t have access to computer technology in their homes.

Source: Governing, 03/05/2020

42 percent of rural veterans enrolled in the VA health care system do not have internet access that would support use of VA telehealth and other online services.

Source: US Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Rural Health

18 million Americans do not even have access to reliable, high-speed broadband internet. 82% of them – nearly 15 million people – live in rural areas.

Source: Federal Communications Commission

This is the digital divide. A gap that is keeping the very technology that could be a great equalizer out of reach for millions of Americans.

By failing to bridge the digital divide, underserved areas face:

Inhibited economic growth, innovation, and job creation

Limited educational opportunities for children, who fall behind their peers without access to the internet for homework and distance learning

Decreased agricultural productivity – hurting American farmers who can’t access the high-tech tools needed to compete in the global economy

Fewer affordable options and worse health outcomes for rural patients, who may have to travel hours to consult their physician without access to telemedicine

NEXT: The Barriers