Thursday, July 15, 2021
New Analysis of Emergency Broadband Benefit Program Enrollment Data
Benton Senior Fellow John Horrigan examined Emergency Broadband Benefit Program enrollment data. His findings:
- So far, only about one in twelve eligible households have enrolled
- Places with low wireline broadband adoption rates have shown above-average rates of households signing up. Puerto Rico and New Orleans stand out as places with high rates of Emergency Broadband Benefit enrollment, along with cities such as Detroit, Milwaukee, Baltimore, Cleveland, and Philadelphia.
Horrigan's breakdown shows urban areas are leaders in Emergency Broadband Benefit sign-ups and that large metro areas have high volumes of sign-ups, but lower rates of enrollment.
The Benton Institute for Broadband & Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that all people in the U.S. have access to competitive, High-Performance Broadband regardless of where they live or who they are. We believe communication policy - rooted in the values of access, equity, and diversity - has the power to deliver new opportunities and strengthen communities.
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