Digital divide is defined as the gap between underserved communities that have poor or limited internet access and the communities that have relatively better access to broadband internet (25 megabits per second download/3 megabits per second upload speeds).
The digital divide index score, which ranges from 0 to 100, is comprised of an infrastructure score and a socio-economic score. Lower scores indicate a lower divide or relatively better internet access, better adoption, and better socio-economic conditions. Higher scores indicate poor or limited internet access, relatively low adoption, and relatively low socio-economic conditions. In collaboration with Purdue University’s Center for Regional Development, county digital divide profiles were developed.
The purpose of digital divide index is to inform Extension agents, local government leaders and economic development professionals about the digital divide, the relative measures of socio-economic status, and broadband infrastructure across Tennessee.
Please click on the county to learn about the digital divide in that county.
Click on the county name below to open a PDF of the data for that county.