The Great Digital Divide

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Half of low-income Americans don’t have this:

Right now, even though more than 98 percent of Americans have access to internet service, one in four doesn’t have it at home.

For low-income Americans, that number jumps to one in two.

(Scroll down to take a look at an infographic laying out exactly what that “digital divide” looks like.)

This is a problem. A high-speed connection is no longer a nice-to-have for the privileged few. Increasingly, you need an internet connection to find a job, to do your homework, and to stay in touch with the people you know. It’s an economic necessity when it comes to communicating, collaborating, and doing business on a global scale.

We’re doing something big to fix this. Today, the President is traveling to Durant, Oklahoma to announce ConnectHome — a new pilot program launching in 27 cities and one tribal nation, and initially helping to connect more than 275,000 low-income households with the support they need to access the internet at home.