The digital divide is still significant, but it’s “narrowing,” according to Federal Communications Commission Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel. The FCC on Friday released its third National Broadband Map, which shows where internet service is available across the U.S., and said just over 7.2 million homes lack access to high-speed internet, down from 8.3 million locations when the second map was released in May. In addition, the number of broadband serviceable locations has increased by 800,000 since May – bringing the total to 115 million locations. The numbers show some progress in closing the broadband gap – the term for unequal access to digital technology and internet among different groups of people and locations. The release of the third version of the National Broadband Map is important because the agency and regulators rely on it to determine where problem spots are located and what communities need additional funding.
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