Dr. Roberto Gallardo, Executive Director of the MSU Intelligent Community Institute, has published a new paper: Missed Economic Opportunity: Broadband in Mississippi.
As the digital age continues to unfold, broadband applications are becoming more and more important for residents, businesses, and government agencies. In this context, broadband is any type of high-speed internet access. From accessing vast amounts of information to applying for jobs, broadband is a critical technology, and those not taking advantage of it are being left behind. The digital divide—defined as those who can afford broadband and know how to use it versus those who don’t—is a key issue that policymakers at the national, state, and local levels should address.