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The digital divide: Rural vs. urban

February 20, 2023

There is a persistent and well-known gap between rural and urban populations in terms of their internet usage. But when you look at sheer numbers, the number of unconnected urban/metro-area users is far larger than the number in rural areas—which has policy implications for how funds should be used to actually connect Americans who do not have home broadband service.

According to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, the gap between internet usage for urban and rural users has remained remarkably consistent for at least as long as NTIA has been gathering data.

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