Access to broadband is increasingly being recognized as an important social determinant of health; however, approximately 34 million people in the U.S. still lack broadband access, particularly those in rural communities. Federal and state policies can facilitate expansion of broadband access.
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Despite progress in expanding connectivity, as of early 2016, approximately 34 million people in the United States still lacked broadband access. The “digital divide” is particularly acute in rural communities, where 23 million rural residents lack broadband access. Racial minorities, people living on Tribal lands, older adults, and individuals with lower levels of education and income are also less likely to have broadband service at home.
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