COVID-19 and Broadband: Potential Implications for the Digital Divide [March 13, 2020] [open pdf - 606KB]
From the Document: "According to the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) 2019 Broadband Deployment Report, approximately 21.3 million Americans lack a broadband connection speed of at least 25 megabits per second (Mbps) download/3 Mbps upload, which is the FCC's benchmark for high-speed broadband. In the midst of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, federal, local, and state governments, in addition to large and small businesses, are considering remote working or distance learning options to help abate the spread of the virus. As these decisions are made, some portion of the population will likely have the option and the capability to shift activities online, while others will not. COVID-19 mitigation efforts will likely reveal discrepancies in broadband availability and accessibility--termed the digital divide--across the United States."
CRS Insight, IN11239
Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/