Amid COVID-19, Don’t Lose Sight of Internet Connectivity Gaps
It remains frustratingly inconsistent
With a largely remote workforce, associations are adjusting their approach to member engagement, project management and events. But the great connector that has made all of this possible remains frustratingly inconsistent.
That connector, of course, is internet access, and, while most U.S. households have a dedicated internet connection, a substantial number do not. That’s an increasing challenge given that we seem to be in this situation for the long haul.
This is a systemic problem that is gaining notice. A recent story from The Markup cites a 2018 Federal Communications Commission study showing that 14 million people in the U.S. lack internet access altogether, while 25 million lack access to broadband technology. “And that may actually be an undercount,” the site says, citing issues with the methodology the FCC used.
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