Digital divide

Broadband's entrenched inequality

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The results of a new Census Bureau report reveal significant overlap between areas of limited broadband access and concentrated poverty.

Why it matters: "Inequality and the lack of broadband access have become inherently intertwined in the U.S.," Francella Ochillo, executive director of Next Century Cities, writes for Axios Expert Voices.

Teachers warn of "homework gap" stemming from lack of broadband access

6th grade girls on computers
6th graders on computers. Photo: Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Evidence shows that the digital divide among children in the U.S. is affecting students' ability to learn and stay on track in schools, especially among lower-income students, the nonprofit Common Sense said in a report released Wednesday.

The big picture: The Federal Communications Commission reported in May that more than 21 million Americans still don't have access to high speed broadband internet. This includes the 12 million school-age children affected by the "homework gap."