Lack of Broadband Internet Access Keeping Digital Divide Wide in America

These startling statistics were sent to Tablettoddlers earlier today:

Since Fall 2002, online enrollment as a percentage of total college enrollment has grown 233%.

Online classes now provide access to higher education opportunities to a growing number of people around the world. However, students without proper access to internet and communication technologies are being left behind as the digital divide continues to grow.

119 million Americans still lack broadband internet access while education experts agree that access is becoming critical to higher education.

According to the infographic, although internet availability is improving at rapid rates, there are still many left behind without even basic access to broadband services.  Heavy reliance on internet technologies for everyday communication, education, and work is reality in today’s world.  Those without access face being further behind in these basic skills.

If you’d like to help bridge the digital divide, visit TRAIL and Digital Divide Data
to support the growing initiative to improve digital literacy.

 

 

 

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