Signs of digital distress: Mapping broadband availability and subscription in American neighborhoods

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Sep 12, 2017
Adie Tomer, Elizabeth Kneebone, and Ranjitha Shivaram for The Brookings Institution
Broadband, especially wireline broadband in American homes, is the essential infrastructure for unlocking the internet’s economic benefits. However, broadband infrastructure is far from ubiquitous, both in terms of where it operates and who subscribes to it, and those deficits are not shared evenly across the country. As such, policymakers must understand how the national digital divide varies depending on the place.