Broadband Internet Access and the Digital Divide: Federal Assistance Programs [Updated July 30, 2007] [open pdf - 184KB]
Updated for the first time in three years, this report includes legislation in the 109th and 110th Congresses. From the Summary: "The 'digital divide' is a term that has been used to characterize a gap between 'information haves and have-nots,' or in other words, between those Americans who use or have access to telecommunications technologies (e.g., telephones, computers, the Internet) and those who do not. One important subset of the digital divide debate concerns high-speed Internet access, also known as broadband. Broadband is provided by a series of technologies (e.g., cable, telephone wire, fiber, satellite, wireless) that give users the ability to send and receive data at volumes and speeds far greater than current 'dial-up' Internet access over traditional telephone lines."
CRS Report for Congress, RL30719
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