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.