What telephones and television can teach us about the adoption of broadband

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Based on the way older technology was rolled out, waiting for organic rates of adoption to close that digital divide is not an option. Especially when the physical infrastructure required to support wires is concerned. The reasons for slow rates of wire-based take-up are numerous and include lower population densities and greater distances between dwellings. Microsoft believes closing today’s digital divide is a priority and that failing to do so risks leaving behind millions of people.

The slow adoption of the landline compared to the smartphone – as well as cable TV in relation to color TV and radio:

Source: Our World in Data

The slow adoption of wired technologies compared to wireless technologies:

Source: Our World in Data