Even though the Internet has only been a part of our lives for a relatively short time, its transformative power is virtually unrivaled in modern history. It’s hard to imagine what life would be like without it.
Unfortunately, many Americans don’t have to imagine. According to the Federal Communications Commission, more than 18 million Americans don’t have access to high-speed Internet service. These “have-nots” constitute the so-called “digital divide” and are shut out of the myriad of economic, educational, and social benefits the Internet has to offer.