USA: COVID exposes digital divide among socio-economic status

Author: Gregory Porumbescu, Rutgers University Newark, Published on: 27 March 2020

"The Digital Divide Leaves Millions at a Disadvantage During the Coronavirus Pandemic", 18 March 2020

[T]he internet is an important resource in efforts to stay informed and proceed with daily lives during the COVID-19 pandemic, these online approaches to reducing risk are not available to everyone in the same way... [T]he Federal Communications Commission reports, more than 24 million Americans have no access to broadband internet, while the Pew Charitable Trusts projects 163 million Americans lack access to reliable broadband internet connectionsThis digital divide falls along existing lines of socioeconomic inequality... The digital divide leaves some of the most vulnerable Americans – a significant proportion of the 163 million who lack access to a reliable broadband internet connection – at a significant disadvantage when it comes to accessing the real-time information people need to respond to COVID-19.

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