In today’s economy, access to high-speed internet service is a driver of economic growth and mobility. Broadband is now recognized as essential infrastructure for communities everywhere. It helps people connect with school, jobs, business opportunities, health care, financial services and more.
But many people in urban and rural areas struggle with inadequate broadband connectivity. This has created what is known as the digital divide—the economic and social gap between those who have reliable access to the internet and those who do not.
Expanding broadband access helps improve educational and workforce outcomes and economic participation. At the Dallas Fed, we conduct research, share expertise and convene community partners to address this critical need.