The digital divide has reached emergency status, experts say

Unequal access to the internet is a huge issue for many communities across the country – and the COVID-19 pandemic is only making it worse.

Why It Matters

The COVID-19 pandemic is requiring many essential services, from healthcare to education, to shift online. When communities don’t have equal internet access, they are effectively cut off. Digital inequity is a long-standing issue, but experts say it’s now an emergency.

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