DETROIT’S DIGITAL DIVIDE
The COVID-19 pandemic has shined a light on a number of unaddressed underlying issues in Detroit – internet accessibility being one of the most severe. Too many Detroit residents are caught in a “digital divide,” excluding them from opportunities for education, employment, and belonging afforded to those with the ability to get online.
- 20% of Detroit families have only a cell phone for internet access
- 30% of Detroit families do not have access to the internet in their homes
- 40% of Detroit families have no cellular data plan
- Detroit currently ranks as the least connected city (with more than 100,000 households) in America, with nearly a third of its homes without broadband of any type.