A discussion presented by Microsoft,
the Brookings Institution, and Create West Virginia
34 million Americans lack access to basic, fixed broadband – that’s 24 million rural Americans and 10 million urban Americans, or 10% of the US population. This means that almost 40% of people living in rural America lack access to basic broadband. But that’s not the only challenge. Broadband adoption rates in many neighborhoods that allegedly have access to the service is out of reach for many.
Research from the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program suggests that economic growth in the U.S. is directly tied to advancing the high-tech industry, while making economic opportunity more equitable and accessible, and government services more efficient. Brookings researchers ask whether broadband networks can simultaneously propel all three.
Join Microsoft, the Brookings Institution, and prominent leaders from West Virginia's business, government, and civic community for a dynamic conversation about the state of broadband access and local adoption efforts. Discover the latest research on the state of broadband access and adoption in West Virginia, and its link to economic growth. Microsoft will share the relationship between advanced Cloud services and broadband access, as well as programs designed to close the digital divide.
Join us for a dynamic discussion of the most promising new programs and initiatives to expand access for increased economic prosperity for all.