The Unnoticed Unserved: North America’s Lingering Digital Divide
Contrary to popular belief, there are several regions within the U.S. and Canada that still do not have access to high-speed Internet. Terrestrial reach on land in North America is far from infinite and the glowing red coverage maps that cellular providers advertise on TV are often deceptive.Unsurprisingly, these unserved areas are the ones that suffer most during an economic downturn. We’re now seven years past the lackluster 2009 broadband stimulus package, which diverted most of its funds to terrestrial providers. What has the stimulus accomplished in bridging the digital divide in the U.S.? What have satellite companies learned from that experience? How does the situation in the U.S. compare to Canada? Find out why the digital divide still exists and has even widened in two of the world’s most advanced economies.