Broadband in the world: cause and effect of digital divide in rural areas

A recent report published by the Hudson Institute shows the negative impact of digital divide in many parts of America

Broadband in the world: cause and effect of digital divide in rural areas

What are cause and effect of digital divide on rural America? The report  The Broadband for Rural America: Economic Impacts and Economic Opportunities recently published by the Hudson Institute focuses on how broadband access means growth for every part of our society.

There are few urgent matters that can guarantee the bridging of the great gap of digital divide: the report recognizes that population density plays a large role in availability – especially when access to broadband involves building new infrastructure. While villages, towns, and small cities in areas outside metropolitan areas have a better chance of being “haves,” areas outside population concentrations are likely disproportionately among the “have nots.

The evidence about broadband levels of service first reaching a community shows it brings economic and population growth with it. Broadband creates new important opportunities for increasing learning opportunities in rural America.

The report ends with a warning: “There is a very real danger of a growing technology gap between rural and urban America. This gap, if not addressed, will have growing consequences for the American economy, both urban and rural.”

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