Closing the Digital Divide in the Rural South

Georgetown University

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 - 12:00pm
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Virtual Event

More than 300 million Americans have access to broadband connectivity, but as the pandemic has laid bare, not everyone has access. Many Presidents have committed to closing the digital divide and ensuring all Americans, no matter where they live or how financially challenged they are, have access to broadband where they work, live and play; however, the divide persists.

Will things change with the Biden Administration’s focus on pumping billions more into broadband related projects? And will communities that have long been left out of economic opportunity finally be given a chance to partake of the digital economy?

Jennifer Fritzsche and Carolyn Brandon will talk with Dr. Dominique Harrison to learn the answer to these questions. We will discuss Dr. Harrison’s findings in specific markets and identify what is needed by the government to finally, finally solve the digital divide, especially for communities traditionally left out of economic opportunities.