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PEW Research Hints of Digital Divide in the US over Broadband Connectivity

Broadband Connectivity for home are growing exponentially as a daily necessity than a luxury item.

But the concern here is the far-fetched pricing caps that significantly limit access to broadband internet.


As the internet is the connecting point for almost all aspects of life, such as work, education, and social interactions, recent studies suggest, barely half of the American population can afford home Broadband Connectivity.


The population constitutes people with an annual salary of $30,000 and above. The latest research by Pew Research Center opines over 92% of American households within income group $75,000 and higher have access to home-based broadband connections.


These statistical data highlight the steep disparity of access in the country. Director of IT at Pew Research, Lee Rainie said, the accessibility disparities have remained insoluble over the years, as poverty rates flared.


Besides economic disparities, other contributing factors for lopsided broadband access in the country attribute to the level of education.


Educated households have reportedly invested in home-based Broadband Connectivity, unlike the lesser-educated masses.


Also, experts suggest, internet providers are concentrated more in urban areas than the rural fringes, thus widening the digital divide. Despite this, economic status is the governing factor for the lack of uniformity in broadband access.


High prices of broadband connections have garnered a lot of attention in recent years. The standard monthly charge is approximately $60 across the country, which many Americans feel is on the higher side. 


Further, what is more striking is the significantly lower internet tariffs available across several developing nations. 


Researchers are perplexed about the unreasonable charges of internet services in a developed nation such as the US.

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