The 21st Show

Internet Expansion & Income Inequality


AP Photo/Michael Hill

With the switch to remote learning and many working from home, the pandemic further revealed the importance of internet access and the “digital divide” that exists between those with and without it across Illinois.

A recent report by the University of Illinois Project for Middle-Class Renewal and the Illinois Economic Policy Institute outlines how deeply intertwined the lack of internet access and income inequality is. To talk more about the economic and social impact of the internet, we were joined by the two authors of the report.


Andrew Wilson 
Policy analyst for ILEPI and report author

Dr. Robert Bruno
Professor at the UI School of Labor and Employment Relations and director of the Project for Middle-Class Renewal and a report author