Digital Divide


Yet, at the dawn of a new decade, a significant Digital Divide persists in California manifested by substantial differences among population groups and regions in the use of broadband. For example, only 39% Latino families, 40% lower-income households (under $40,000 annually), and 47% people with disabilities have a broadband connection at home compared to 62% of all adults statewide and 89% of all higher-income households ($80,000 or more annually). Many rural and remote communities have no access at all and there are great variations among regions, with the 51% of the Central Valley residents having a home broadband connection versus 73% in the Bay Area. In fact, the number of "unconnected" Californians on the other side of the Digital Divide is equivalent to having 5 other states inside of our state as shown in the graphic. Furthermore, the Digital Divide is another manifestation of the Economic and Opportunity Divides, leaving the "have nots" in society farther behind and further disadvantaged.