I’m excited to announce that I’m launching a blog series called American Inequality. Every article will dive into inequality topics that don’t get as much coverage — inequality in life expectancy, social services, food access, and more. I’ll present some totally new data visualizations on these topics that show the regional divides that our country is facing.
Inequality is increasing in America and millions of families are getting left behind. We often know exactly the towns, cities, and counties where the divides are the greatest, which is why we need to shed light on these challenges.
Internet access is not equally distributed in America
The internet was supposed to be open to all, but it is closed to many. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that without reliable internet access, Americans often cannot work, attend school, or access government services. If you’ve ever felt the frustration of losing your WiFi or getting caught in a dead zone with no connection, you know the pain that millions of American feel every day. The difference is that those families cannot just reset the router and go on with their lives.
According to the FCC, 21 million Americans and…