Posted by Jolene Nieves on July 15, 2016 at 3:26 PM
In Philadelphia, about 30% of residents do not have internet access at home (according to 2013 Census data).
Our city has one of the lowest levels of at home broadband access. The only big cities with lower levels of broadband access in the home are Memphis and Detroit, as reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer reported last year. And according to data, seniors are some of the least likely to log on - only 4 in 10 seniors have Internet access at home.
At a time when Internet access and adoption is more important than ever, Philadelphia and the entire country can't afford to leave millions of people disconnected. Access is important for kids to do school work and for adults to apply for jobs. But the digital divide continues to keep millions of Americans from participating fully in the economy, education system and more.
On Tuesday, July 26, Councilman Bobby Henon will participate in a panel discussion with Federal Communications Commissioner Mignon Clyburn and other City leaders to discuss the digital divide and the need for digital inclusion.
RSVP to the panel discussion here.