The digital divide in America has widened over the last few years. Almost a quarter of the U.S. population does not have access to the internet at home. That means hundreds of thousands of people across the country have limited access to the opportunities granted by broadband—especially for people living in rural areas and in underserved communities.
The need to expand broadband access has been highlighted during the pandemic, which disrupted our way of living and forced us to rely more heavily on technology. Last April, almost half of the U.S. workforce worked from home. As we approach the second year of the pandemic many offices may continue to remain closed and operate remotely.