In the 21st century, digital connectivity has become a necessity. However, the current infrastructure and and supply lag behind the demand.
The ability to get online is not only essential for primary, secondary, and higher education, but also for the vast majority of professions. In addition, everyday activities and social services such as banking, health, and other social services are online.
Forbes argues the need to increase digital connectivity hinges on: considering network equipment essential infrastructure, affordability, network expansion leveraging e-health, and addressing bottlenecks.
Households in Allegheny County Without Internet Access
Increasing digital connectivity now can better position the Pittsburgh region for future economic change, and prioritizing equitable access is key to ensuring that no one is left behind.
Distributing hotspots, providing funds for household internet plans, and helping residents apply for the federal Affordable Connectivity Plan are only some of the pieces necessary to bridging the connectivity divide.
Read more about how Allegheny County scores in terms of digital connectivity, and what steps Beyond the Laptops is taking in conjunction with stakeholders across the County to work towards eliminating the divide.