Digital divide apparent as NTIA unveils national broadband map

18 Feb 2011

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has launched its National Broadband Map detailing internet availability in the United States. The Wall Street Journal reports that the map shows that between 5% and 10% of households, mostly in rural areas, do not have access to downlink speeds of 4Mbps or greater. However, approximately 85% of households can get speeds of 10Mbps or greater, while speeds between 25Mbps and 50Mbps are available to around 50% of households. Meanwhile, a census survey released yesterday by the Commerce Department reveals that 32% of households don’t have a broadband connection even though one is available to them. 

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