Rich People Have Access To High-Speed Internet; Many Poor People Don’t

By Allan Holmes, Eleanor Bell Fox, Ben Wieder and Chris Zubak-Skees, Center for Public Integrity

“An investigation by the Center for Public Integrity found that even though Internet access has improved in recent years, families in poor areas are almost five times more likely not to have access to high-speed broadband than the most affluent American households. That means no access to online jobs, and no access to health care advice, education, government services and banking — everything needed to be a full participant in today’s society. This harsh reality has led to a new kind of segregation. ‘Internet access,” says James Lane, superintendent of Goochland County Public Schools, “is the civil rights issue of our time.'”

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