The Broadband Divide Between DC’s Ward Lines

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Local governments often tout internet broadband initiatives as a means of economic development, or attracting businesses and creating jobs. But do low-income communities benefit? Internet service providers are notorious for denying high speed broadband to rural and low income areas.

In Washington, D.C. — the second-most gentrified city in the United States — it is not a coincidence that broadband adoption rates are lower in the lower income wards.

D.C. has one of the highest broadband connectivity rates in the country, with 99 percent of residents connected to 100 megabytes per second (mbps)or higher. Most of the city, then, is…

Jordan Walker

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