Report shows stark disparities in broadband access across Worcester

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Worcester city officials say they’re reviewing a recently released report that highlights sharp disparities in broadband access across the city.

The report by the Worcester Regional Research Bureau found that 61% of low-income households had broadband internet connection in 2019, compared to 93.7% of households earning more than $75,000 annually. The report is based on data from the Census Bureau’s most recent American Community Survey, which was released this spring. The authors of the report called on Worcester to address the digital divide by using state and federal funds to invest in municipal broadband and update Wi-Fi infrastructure.

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