Digital Cities: The Internet and the Geography of Opportunity

Synopsis

The United Nations has declared access to the Internet a human right, and the United States holds universal high-speed broadband as a national goal, yet federal policy has largely ignored the disparate levels of broadband availability in urban areas. Presenting new data on broadband access and use in the nation's fifty largest cities and urban neighbor-hoods, Digital Cities shows the disproportionate impact that lack of home Internet has on the economic, social and political life of the urban poor. It highlights the strategic position of cities for addressing innovation and social inequality in our digital future.