Short Answer? No
However -- The internet has really closed the gap for a lot of the citizens around the world. From access to entertainment, to access to education. As long as they can use it. Unfortunately it's still out of reach for many, and no high speed access is not readily available in all locations, even here in the States.
According to www.statista.com As of January 2021 there were 4.66 billion active internet users worldwide - 59.5 percent of the global population. Of this total, 92.6 percent (4.32 billion) accessed the internet via mobile devices.
The top five states with the best Internet are the following:
The five states with the worst Internet are the following:
and if you want to see where the other states fall use this link.
But here's the thing, there's also a difference in where in the state you are located, as to how fast your access actually is for your device. Take Idaho for example, with it's mountains in the north, and it's flatter land in the SE, it comes in #37 on the list but where in the state is that true?
If you are in the Treasure Valley, in Boise, you are much more likely to have high speed access. However if you are in a rural mountain town, outside of Coeur d'Alene, in North Idaho, you will not be seeing the same speeds at all. In fact you will probably be thinking, wait have I travelled back in time?
Now when we are talking about the access of students, this is a game changer for equal access right? Not necessarily! What if you have three students, that are all needing to do their classwork at the same time, on the same home internet? It's gonna be slower.
Having the devices is also something that is not affordable to all. While smart phones and tablets have come down in price, and wireless access has gone up considerably, we need to make sure that we aren't assuming it's equal access, because it's not.
If we focus on getting devices and high speed internet into the hands of families, and students then we will really see a levelling up of quality access to education and opportunities for everyone. It's not a matter of if, but when; and we really can't afford to wait. Too many people are getting pushed aside.
Safe and happy travels!
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