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Understanding the digital divide in the U.S.
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Broadband Adoption in Low-Income Communities — Publication — Social Science Research Council

Broadband Adoption in Low-Income Communities — Publication — Social Science Research Council | The Digital Divide | Scoop.it

The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) was commissioned by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to analyze the factors shaping low rates of adoption of home broadband services in low-income and other marginalized communities. The resulting study is one of the only large-scale qualitative investigations of barriers to adoption in the U.S. 

 

At the broadest level, it finds that:

Broadband access is increasingly a requirement of socio-economic inclusion, not an outcome of it—and residents of low-income communities know this.

 

Price is only one factor shaping the fragile equilibrium of home broadband adoption, and price pressures go beyond the obvious challenge of high monthly fees. Hardware costs, hidden fees, billing transparency, quality of service, and availability are major issues for low-income communities.

 

Libraries and other community organizations fill the gap between low home adoption and high community demand, and provide a number of other critical services, such as training and support. These support organizations are under severe pressure to meet community connectivity needs, leading to widespread perceptions of a crisis in the provider community.

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Digital Divide in Mississippi Splits Along Racial Lines, Report Finds

Digital Divide in Mississippi Splits Along Racial Lines, Report Finds | The Digital Divide | Scoop.it
African Americans in Mississippi often have fewer options for high-speed Internet and spend a higher proportion of their incomes on the Internet than whites in the state, according to a new report underscoring how the digital divide splits along...
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