The COVID-19 pandemic has deepened many divides in communities in the United States. The list includes the digital divide – the gap between those who have access to high-speed internet and those who do not. This digital divide is pronounced in communities of color.
While many people have successfully been able to rely on the internet during this time of crisis, too many people who are Latinx, Black, Indigenous, Asian and American Indian have been cut off completely. A significant number of these people are in rural communities where deploying broadband infrastructure is particularly challenging and costly. As a result, these underserved communities in rural areas are falling behind while the rest of the country pulls further ahead.