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How the 116th Congress Could Close the Digital Divide

The 116th Congress has a golden opportunity to solve the digital divide, by including broadband funding in upcoming infrastructure legislation.

The Educational Broadband Service and Why it Matters for Schoolchildren and Unserved Communities

The lack of affordable broadband access in the US has resulted in large-scale educational inequities especially in rural areas where 31 percent of Americans have no choice of broadband providers.

How the online world reflects inequality

A raft of new evidence shows the rise of the internet itself may have boosted inequality, and that how people use internet access may be just as — or more — important than the access itself. Educated users with high incomes derive the most benefit

Wealth is driving how people get the internet

An Axios/SurveyMonkey poll reveals that income strongly affects how Americans access the internet, and the divide cuts across geography.

The "homework gap": 12 million schoolchildren lack internet

The "homework gap" affects 12 million U.S. school-age kids. By the numbers:

Where the death of local news hits hardest

High-speed broadband and mobile internet have created more opportunities to access free news and information than ever before.

Electricity 2.0: Small cities rush to innovate on Wi-Fi

Some less-populated areas may technically have internet, but it's slower satellite, or DSL service delivered over old copper phone lines.

What the government is doing on internet access

The federal government's efforts to provide ubiquitous internet access have had varying levels of success.

The new digital divides

A look at four emerging forms of digital inequality: privacy, education, screen time and news. As ubiquitous as broadband connectivity may seem for those who live in cities or suburbs with comfortable incomes, here's the reality: