Rural Digital Deserts prevent affordable Internet access for millions

6 Dec 2018

In an article published on, the author gives an explanation of the impact of the revelation by the US Federal Communication Commission’s recent report that there are still 34 million Americans without access to high-speed internet services. “Digital Deserts”, according to the article refers to areas with few or no broadband service providers, and offer download speeds, similar to dial-up and early DSL. The impact is that about 10% of the population of the US are without reliable internet access and where they are available, it is not good enough to access contents online.

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Internet access is growing rapidly, yet large groups of people remain unconnected to the Internet. As of 2015, about 43% of people had access to the Internet (in developing countries only 34%). Access to ICTs is part of the Sustainable Development Agenda, which commits to ‘significantly increase access to ICTs and strive to provide universal and affordable access to the Internet in least developed countries by 2020’ (Goal 9.c).


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