As states continue to grapple with unserved areas within their borders, the mapping information contained in the National Broadband Map, continues to come under closer scrutiny. Grant funding has increasingly been dependent on criteria identifying proposed service areas which are primarily unserved by existing providers.
With availability gaps receiving much of the attention when it comes to available grant funding, broadband adoption is often considered a secondary problem. However, the numbers tell a different story. While availability percentages in some states top the the ninetieth percentile, broadband adoption numbers barely reach the mid-sixties.
Government programs developed to tackle the digital divide will need to offer a combination of solutions which deal with both issues. The federal government has announced a program created to deal with the broadband adoption issue, and the primary barriers which have been identified - awareness, affordability, and digital literacy.
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