Cost continues to be a major barrier to broadband adoption. There is not a magic number that a subscriber determines what is “affordable”, as that will mean different price points for everyone. Affordable broadband is the number one reason for lack of broadband adoption
To address leveraging the internet, communities can adopt a Digital Equity & Digital Inclusion Plan. A plan includes designing intentional strategies and investments to reduce and eliminate historical, institutional and structural barriers to access and technology use.
Increasing Public Computer Access that allows residents to access technology in places in which they feel comfortable and supported is essential. If a business or resident cannot afford equipment or an internet subscription, and if broadband is not available at their location, Public Computer Access is essential.