New Research Brief: Expanding Broadband for Equitable Democracy

Posted by CIRCLE on November 7, 2023

Broadband internet is a key component of a community’s civic infrastructure. When communities have access to broadband, it can be one of the strengths that provide pathways for residents to participate, have a say in important decisions, and take action to improve their lives. When access is lacking or unequal, it can exacerbate inequities and contribute to social exclusion that prevents all people from fully engaging in civic life and democracy.

A new research brief conducted by CIRCLE explores the connections between broadband and civic participation. Based on previous scholarship and new findings, we make recommendations for how various stakeholders can ensure that broadband expansion both includes and strengthens the existing civic infrastructure and civic culture in communities in order to promote a more equitable democracy.

Read the research brief.

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