Hypepotamus: How Can We Connect Communities & Bridge the Digital Divide?

Contributor thoughts by Debra Lam

February 21, 2023, 5:02pm EDT

Digital has become the new normal: industries ranging from health and education to finance and agriculture rely so heavily on internet connectivity that broadband has become a necessity. Despite high demand, 23% of US households still lack access to broadband internet service. Compared to 100% access to electricity, this gap is astounding — thus there is both demand for and efforts towards developing universal access to broadband.

The broadband gap affects communities from the bottom up. 39% percent of Americans in rural areas – 23 million people – still do not have access to high-speed internet. Read how the Partnership plans to address this systemic issue in the full Hypepotamus article.

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