Five action steps to shrink the digital divide

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Key points:

  • Reliable in-home high-speed internet is a essential, yet many low-income households do not have access
  • Key actions can help eliminate barriers and ensure access
  • See related article: High-speed internet is a basic necessity–not a luxury–when it comes to learning

New research examining national attitudes toward home broadband and the federal Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), which offers discounts on home internet service and related equipment to low-income families, provides insights on how to close the digital divide and connect households to reliable high-speed internet.

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