A new report issued by the White House shows that the digital divide among Americans is still a problem.
According to the White House report, “approximately 91% of Americans as a whole have access to wired broadband speeds of at least 10mbps downstream.”
The digital divide is the difference of people who have broadband Internet and those who don’t. The larger the gap between the people who have something and those who don’t creates huge problems for innovation and progress for the country. For example, as the world continues to evolve, communities depend on reliable, fast, and efficient Internet connections for not only personal computing, but also to run businesses.
The report found that people were more likely not to have broadband Internet lacked a college degree, were poor, lived in a rural area, and were Hispanic or African American.
It should be noted that just because some people may not have access to broadband Internet, doesn’t mean they’re not going online at all. The mobile industry is seeing substantial growth and some of these groups may be going online with their mobile device. Nevertheless, it’s important regardless of whether someone is accessing content through their mobile device or their computer.
You can read the full report below:
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