Virtual Digital Divide Forum

Date: August 9 – 11, 2022

Location: Virtual

Attending: Walter Cannon

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The online Forum will focus on the Digital Divide. The Digital Divide is defined simply as those with and those without access to broadband or wireless. However, lately this definition has been extended to also include those who have access, but not to the 25Mbps download/3Mbps upload “quality” speed defined by the FCC. The actual number of people affected by the Digital Divide is somewhat ambiguous, the Pew Research Group estimates around 20 million Americans are affected by the Digital Divide, but a recent study conducted by Ericsson suggests the number is closer to 90 million. As the world embraces its digital revolution, those on the wrong side of the divide will find themselves hugely disadvantaged and shut off from vital services including education, telehealth, and internet banking platforms. The digital divide is more than just rural communities without broadband. 70 million of Ericsson’s estimated 90 are thought to be in urban locations, thus reflecting fundamental issues relating to affordability and to digital inclusion.

 

 

 

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