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Showing posts with label US Broadband data. Show all posts
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February 23, 2012

February 21, 2011

The Broadband Divide in USA





The Obama administration has dedicated $7.2 billion in stimulus money to fix the problem. And today brings a rash of tools to publicize it, including the first-ever National Broadband Map, created with the help of Stamen, a 2011 Most Innovative Company, which shows just how widespread (or not) high-speed access is across the U.S.

In America's  there is still a huge digital gap between people who have broadband and those who  do not have broadband. In some  rural areas, the internet barely exists
 New York Times  recently  writing about Broadband connections across US reports

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.


Pushing America’s digital expansion is a point of emphasis for President Obama, who on Thursday night held a private meeting with Silicon Valley’s elite, including Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, and Carol Bartz, president and chief executive of Yahoo. His administration has given $7.2 billion in stimulus money toward the effort, including the map, which took five years and $200 million to develop and shows a number of discrepancies in the quality and availability of broadband access between rural and urban communities.