Brooking Institute Adie Tomer
Digital connectivity is the glue of the modern American economy. From rural farmers to city business leaders, every industry relies on broadband to track markets, connect with customers, and sell their products. The American household is equally reliant on broadband, whether its kids bringing home their digital classrooms, adults telecommuting to their jobs, or whole families streaming video content to their televisions. And governments at all levels can use digital platforms to improve service delivery and reduce costs.
Yet for all of broadband’s economic benefits, the country continues to face a significant digital divide at the household level. First, over 22 million people live in neighborhoods without an available broadband connection, defined here as a 25 Mbps download speed via wireline. Second—and maybe more troublingly—over 73 million people live in neighborhoods where subscription rates fall below 40 percent.
Without seamless digital connectivity, many households are at-risk of falling further behind in the country’s advanced economy.
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As you can see some of the Sierra Districts have a challenge ahead to bring broadband to all the population with full adoption. The methodology for these charts is explained in the full report. See link above the chart.