Digitally Divided: Over 27 Million Households Don’t Have Internet Access

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It sounds hard to fathom just one day after a global outage crippled Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram, immediately triggering cybercrime concerns that Cybercrime Magazine Editor-in-Chief Steve Morgan will be addressing at Forecast 2022 on November 16.


Yet, it is indeed true. Some 27.6 million U.S. households lack a home internet connection.

That’s according to a new deep dive into the latest available U.S. Census and Economic Research Service (ERS) data by Reviews.org. It shows, in detail, how many households in each state still lack a home internet connection. The lack of home internet service is then compared to each state’s rural population and rural poverty rate.

Among the findings: some 265,331 are still reliant on a dial-up connection.

We’re not making that up.

Among the insights in this report:

  • Mississippi is the least connected state in the nation, with 60.1% of households reporting that they have an internet connection at home. Some 53.2% of Mississippi’s population is considered rural, and 22.5% of the rural population is considered to be in poverty.
  • The most connected state is Utah, where 84.8% of households have a home internet connection. Some 10.5% of Utah’s population is considered rural, and 11.2% of rural households live below the poverty line.

Reviews.org Editorial Lead for Internet and Gaming Catherine McNally notes that Arkansas and Alabama are right behind Mississippi as states with the fewest home internet connections. In contrast, Colorado and California are right behind Utah as the most-connected states.

Map of States With the Most and Least Internet-Connected Households

Of those that are most impacted on a national level by lack of home internet service, seniors and students appear to be the highest on the list.

“Older Adults Technology Services, an advocacy group and affiliate of AARP that focuses on the intersection of technology and older adults, reported that two in five seniors don’t have internet access,” McNally rights. Meanwhile, Edweek reports that 9–12 million students still don’t have internet that supports remote learning at home.

 


The full report can be found here:
 https://www.reviews.org/internet-service/how-many-us-households-are-without-internet-connection/

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