Broadband Internet Access and the Digital Divide: Federal Assistance Programs

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Some policymakers, believing that disparities in broadband access across American society could have adverse economic and social consequences on those left behind, assert that the federal government should play a more active role to avoid a "digital divide" in broadband access. One approach is for the federal government to provide financial assistance to support broadband deployment in underserved areas. Others, however, believe that federal assistance for broadband deployment is not appropriate. Some opponents question the reality of the "digital divide," and argue that federal intervention in the broadband marketplace would be premature and, in some cases, counterproductive.

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Location(s): United States
Creation Date: September 23, 2010
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UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Congressional Research Service Reports
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Kruger, Lennard G.

Specialist in Science and Technology Policy

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Gilroy, Angele A.

Specialist in Telecommunications Policy

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Place of Publication: Washington, D.C.
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  • Creation: September 23, 2010
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Some policymakers, believing that disparities in broadband access across American society could have adverse economic and social consequences on those left behind, assert that the federal government should play a more active role to avoid a "digital divide" in broadband access. One approach is for the federal government to provide financial assistance to support broadband deployment in underserved areas. Others, however, believe that federal assistance for broadband deployment is not appropriate. Some opponents question the reality of the "digital divide," and argue that federal intervention in the broadband marketplace would be premature and, in some cases, counterproductive.

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23 pages.

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