How to Bring the Internet to Everyone

by Thomas Hedger, The Atlantic
Nov 28, 2017 1:00 PM ET

More internet access could mean everything to people in rural areas, and the way we could deliver it is something unexpected.

In our hyper-connected world, when the internet goes down, your ability to get things done goes down, too. For the 34 million Americans who don’t have access to high-speed broadband—23 million of whom live in rural America—that’s an everyday reality that is keeping them from taking advantage of the internet’s vast resources.

“The potential multiplier effect of not just having digital access, but then also being part of the socially and economically excluded, gets magnified,” according to Nicol Turner-Lee, a fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Center for Technology Innovation.

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