digital divide


Definition of digital divide

: the economic, educational, and social inequalities between those who have computers and online access and those who do not

Examples of digital divide in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To address disparities in digital connectivity, our country needs policies that close the digital divide, bringing the Internet and distance learning to millions of Black Americans who lack these essential services. Pia Flanagan, Fortune, 31 May 2021 In its first week, 1 million U.S. households signed up for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program created to help close the digital divide during the coronavirus pandemic. Elaine Ayala, San Antonio Express-News, 24 May 2021 The Accessible, Affordable Internet for All Act would invest more than $94 billion to build high-speed broadband infrastructure in unserved and underserved communities to close the digital divide. Donna Owens, Essence, 7 Apr. 2021 Well, the racial disparities in vaccination rates for me is more a consequence of vaccine access than vaccine hesitancy, and one of the greatest barriers to vaccine access is the digital divide. CBS News, 4 Apr. 2021 Another culprit is the digital divide, with vaccine registration systems mostly online. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, 10 Mar. 2021 While experts say long-term solutions will still be needed to fully close the digital divide, the Emergency Broadband Benefit program could make major inroads in the coming months, a crucial time for economic recovery. Clare Duffy, CNN, 6 Mar. 2021 Having both would allow the state to pull more federal dollars to close the digital divide, according to the council. Emily Donaldson, Dallas News, 3 Feb. 2021 And also the topic that the pandemic has brought to light is the digital divide, and the ways kids are having trouble connecting in communities of need. Barry Wilner, Star Tribune, 30 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of digital divide

1994, in the meaning defined above

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15 Jun 2021

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“Digital divide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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