WASHINGTON -- The National Urban League is releasing the findings of a study on the impact of broadband internet access and jobs in the African-American community.
The organization completed the "connecting the dots" study as part of the Time Warner Cable Research Program on Digital Communications.
The study found that while the gap in the number of African-American and white households with broadband service is shrinking, African-American households earning less than $20,000 annually were less likely to have broadband.
They also found that African-Americans are underrepresented in broadband technology jobs.
“Broadband, access to technology is an essentiality of American life in the 21st Century. It is no longer a nicety, it is now a necessity,” said Marc Morial, president, National Urban League.
When school starts next year, the Federal Communications Commission will roll out "Connect 2 Compete," a partnership with the nation's cable providers, including Time Warner Cable, to provide broadband for less than $10 to families with children who qualify for free or reduced lunch.
“In the 21st Century, having one-third of Americans sitting on the sidelines should be as unthinkable as having one-third of our country without electricity in the 20th Century,” said Julius Genachowski, chairman, Federal Communications Commission.
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Read the full results of the study here.