Telecom Trends to Watch: The Future of the Digital Divide

Tom Marciano, Chief Growth Officer
March 2, 2021

Over the past year COVID-19 has put a huge strain on connectivity across the nation. As we’ve been reflecting back on how 2020 has transformed the telecommunications industry, we’ve seen a huge change in how and where people are using their wireless devices.

Communities are now relying more than ever on broadband connectivity for their success. Carriers and technologies are struggling to keep up with the ever-growing demand. In some communities, this connectivity is completely failing, especially in disenfranchised areas of the country.

Now, the digital divide can’t hide anymore

With the digital divide being pulled into the spotlight this last year, the FCC and various state governments are stepping up to create additional plans to address this. State and national government teams are now in the depths of strategic planning efforts to allocate more money to build infrastructure in the areas that need it most.

Underserved communities will hopefully see more forward movement in connectivity with new funding to develop telecommunications infrastructure across the country. We also hope this will bring more public and private partnerships focused on finding solutions to this problem. It can’t come soon enough.

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