Investigative Reporting Workshop: the lack of a broadband connection puts people at a profound disadvantage
The study shows widening gap in Internet connection speeds across the U.S. : Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama, Tennessee, West Virginia have the lowest rates of broadband subscription
Broadband is defined by how fast data streams to your computer.
Access to broadband has become critical for anyone to keep up in American society. Finding and applying for jobs often takes place entirely online. Students receive assignments via email. Basic government services are routinely offered online.
People without access, who are likely to be lower on the economic ladder, fall further and further behind, widening the digital divide between rich and poor.
Broadband subscribership in rural states in the U.S., particularly in the West, increased at a rapid clip between 2008 and 2010 while the South has lagged behind the rest of the nation, according to government data analyzed by the Investigative Reporting Workshop.
The Workshop used Federal Communications Commission data collected from broadband carriers through the end of 2010, the most recent data available. We added demographic information — like income, race and age — from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, and created a map.