Rural Businesses and the Impact of the Digital Divide

December 5, 2013 by  
Filed under A Note for You, Front Page

Internet Caffe Internet cafe , Republica Domin...

Internet Caffe Internet cafe , Republica Dominicana (Photo credit: pics)

Lack of broadband Internet access limits growth opportunities for rural businesses throughout the nation. This lack of Internet access is termed the digital divide, by the federal government, and refers to the gap in high speed Internet availability between different socioeconomic brackets, age groups, race, physical disabilities and geographical regions.

For businesses, geography makes a huge impact because those located in urban areas have a variety of different high speed Internet options to choose from while those in rural areas do not. Without access to high speed Internet, opportunities for businesses vary greatly today, creating a disconnect between the growth of urban and rural businesses. Read more