"Broadband for Rural America: Economic Impacts and Economic Opportunities"
Education is one of the areas with the greatest "opportunity gap" between residents of rural and urban communities because of disparities in broadband Internet access, according to a new report.
The lack of affordable, high-speed Internet connections in many rural communities limits educational options for residents. While that access has been a concern for elementary and secondary schools, it is also an essential link to postsecondary courses that could help rural residents increase their credentials and, as a result, earnings. Nearly 10 million rural residents do not have access to the Internet at speeds suitable for getting graphics-rich resources or interactive programming, the report says.
"Geography, especially the divide between rural and urban America, determines how much some Americans can benefit from the Internet," the report concludes.
Vol. 32, Issue 09, Page 5Published in Print: October 24, 2012, as Broadband Access