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Many Rural Homes Lack Broadband, Study Finds

According to the United States Department of Commerce, broadband access and adoption is lagging in rural America, and large swaths of central and eastern Kentucky have little to no internet access.A recent study found that about 40% of rural households use broadband internet service, while roughly half of urban households are online. About 28% of all Americans do not use the Internet at all.The government's broadband map charts Internet accessibility. It shows no coverage--wired or wireless--in portions of eastern and southern Kentucky.

Gabe Bullard is the director of news and editorial strategy.