Internet Expansion & Income Inequality
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.
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
Illinois’ planned expansion of broadband internet access will create thousands of jobs, boost workers’ wages and help bridge rural-urban and racial divides in online access, researchers found in a recent study. https://t.co/U6mAwGGirZ— Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) June 1, 2022