Hundreds of thousands of households in Maryland do not have a foundational tool for internet connectivity – a wireline high-speed internet subscription for their home. Expensive subscription plans tend to keep people offline in urban areas, while poor network quality often discourages subscription in rural areas. Both problems are common throughout the state. In both cases, understanding where these problems are most severe is critical for decision making.
Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance
BNIA's new map sheds light on the geography of disconnection in Maryland. A two-thirds majority of disconnected Marylanders live in metro counties or Baltimore City. 40% of all Marylanders without wireline broadband are African American and the figures are similar for computer ownership of any kind (i.e., desktop, laptop, or tablet). Overall, nearly three-quarters of all disconnected Maryland households have incomes below the state’s median income. The map shows where high-speed internet subscription gaps are greatest - and by how much.
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Research & Reports
In 2020 Community Development Network of Maryland (CDN) commissioned a research report, “Disconnected in Maryland: Statewide Data Show the Racial and Economic Underpinnings of the Digital Divide,” authored by John Horrigan, Ph.D.: and funded by a grant from the Abell Foundation:
Digital divide persists even as Americans with lower incomes make gains in tech adoption - Pew Research Center
Analysis for this map was conducted by John B. Horrigan, PhD, Senior Fellow at the Benton Institute on Broadband & Society.