Brookings Institution map of places by share of broadband internet households.

This brief uses 2013 and 2014 American Community Survey data to track current and changing broadband adoption rates at the metropolitan scale, while using a combination of other Census and Internet speed data to model what factors affect metropolitan adoption rates.

Brookings Institution fellows Adie Tomer and Joseph Kane plot out a picture of one of America's inequities, access to high-speed internet.

In turn, the results of this analysis have clear implications for efforts to address the significant gaps in American Internet adoption. Tomer and Kane write:

While 75.1 percent of American households had a broadband Internet subscription in 2014, there is enormous variation in U.S. digital connectivity across demographic groups and between metropolitan areas.

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