Actualizing Internet for All: Exploring Federal Solutions to the Digital Divide

Today, despite the growing importance of reliable high-speed internet access, or “broadband,” a substantial number of communities across the nation—namely low-income, elderly, urban, rural, and tribal communities—do not have adequate access to the internet. In fact, as of 2021, more than 42 million Americans did not have the ability to purchase broadband internet.

This policy brief examines several key policies within the Internet for All Initiative established by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) that aim to bridge the digital divide in the United States. It concludes by making recommendations for maximizing the efficiency, effectiveness, and longevity of the current available programs.

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