Digital Inclusion Public Investment Plan (2017)
Lonnell Matthews and Keith Durbin
According to Pew Research, 70% of American adults have some sort of broadband connection, and 90% with incomes of $100,000 or more have broadband at home. Yet, only 64% of Americans with incomes of less than $30,000; 54% with incomes between $10,000-$19,999; and 42% with incomes less than $10,000 have broadband service at home.
How many Nashvillians are lacking access? According to the most recent data from MNPS, in 2012 44% of Metro School Students do not have access to computers or connectivity at home.
Extrapolating from the Pew statistics above, 87,133 adults in Davidson County are not yet using the internet. Connected Nation reports that “for the Nashville Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). According to our 2014 Residential Technology Assessment, 79% of the 259,499 households (which we use synonymously with households) in the Nashville MSA subscribed to home broadband service in 2014.” Which means that the remaining 54,495 need assistance to enter the digital age.
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