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12 Million Kids Lack Internet Access. Now Is the Time for the Government to Step In and Close the Digital Divide


For decades, lawmakers and K-12 education advocates alike have been fighting to close the digital divide by expanding internet access to areas that need it most — poor, rural communities.

A 2019 report from the Federal Communications Commission, the agency responsible for, among other things, getting Americans connected to the internet, estimated that 21.3 million Americans, 6.5 percent of the population, lack internet access. Some 12 million of them are students in K-12 schools.


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