The digital divide is, unfortunately, alive and well in the US.
It’s already understood that rural Americans have a harder time accessing the internet – and have to deal with slower speeds where it is available – than those living in cities. But, while things are improving, urban-dwelling Americans aren’t totally online either: Nearly a quarter of the city-dwelling population in the US isn’t connected to broadband internet, according to a recent IHS Markit and Wireless Broadband Alliance study charted for us by Statista.
To be clear, the US is doing a better job at making the internet available to its urban population than many other large nations. But the disconnect that does exist is what happens when you mix the relatively high costs of entry for broadband in America with the number of lower-income people living in cities in the first place. As the study notes, this simply makes it difficult for those people to participate in society at the same level.
- Mike Nudelman/Business Insider/Statista