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Digital inclusion

Broadband access opens doors to education, jobs and economic opportunity. It’s something every community needs to thrive.

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.

How we’re working with communities to advance digital inclusion »


Digital Inclusion Research Forum
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Texas, Louisiana and New Mexico laying groundwork for greater internet connectivity
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How can you close the digital divide in your community? Start with a needs assessment
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Connecting communities during COVID-19: a quick guide to broadband solutions for local governments
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