Thursday, June 8, 2017

6 years later, the urban/rural digital divide persists, right here in Dane County

Related posts:
In Scott Walker's 6th year as Governor, some folks in Town of Berry still without high-speed Internet service.  (8/16/2016)
Bill Esbeck, the Town of Dunn in on line 1.  (1/7/2012)
Town of Dunn Keeps Up the Pressure for High-Speed Internet Access.  (12/23/2011)

Original 2/8/2011 post, "The Urban/Rural Digital Divide", starts here.

Digital Age is Slow to Arrive in Rural America.  (The New York Times, 2/18/2011)

Excerpt:   As the world embraces its digital age — two billion people now use the Internet regularly — the line delineating two Americas has become more broadly drawn. There are those who have reliable, fast access to the Internet, and those, like about half of the 27,867 people here in Clarke County, who do not.

In rural America, only 60 percent of households use broadband Internet service, according to a report released Thursday by the Department of Commerce. That is 10 percent less than urban households. Over all, 28 percent of Americans do not use the Internet at all.

The report was developed in conjunction with a national broadband map that was also released Thursday, as part of a billion-dollar effort to improve Internet access in the United States, particularly in rural areas

State Broadband Data & Development Program
The above list needs to be updated, of course.

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