Closing the digital divide
Internet access (broadband deployment) and impact on unserved and underserved communities, especially LGBTQ+ communities.
How does access to broadband impact the LGBTQ+ community?
Approximately 5.6% of Americans identify as LGBT+
LGBTQIA+ individuals rely heavily on broadband in order to access basic information, services, and support.
Many LGBTQIA+ individuals face discrimination or lack acceptance in their physical communities. Access to broadband helps to connect LGBTQIA+ people to others in the community as well as to supportive and empowering spaces.
LGBTQIA+ individuals often struggle to access healthcare services that are informed and inclusive of their identities. Because of this, many rely on the internet to find health information and adequate healthcare providers.
The internet is a key tool in helping LGBTQIA+ individuals secure inclusive jobs and safe housing, as well as for accessing crucial resources such as community centers, mental health services, and emergency hotlines.
We can’t meaningfully expand internet access with a one-size fit-all approach. A
move toward 100/100Mbps speeds as the threshold for determining who does and
does not have broadband would mean only about 42% of households currently have access to broadband. This will result in government dollars being directed to
overbuilding in already-connected areas – and the burden of this erroneous policy
will fall on the backs of unserved communities.
Carlos Gutierrez, Deputy Director & General Counsel, LGBT Tech
"LGBT Tech has spoken often about the potential of 5G to transform technological access to unserved and underserved communities, such as the LGBTQ community, by helping to close the digital divide and allow individuals to access basic yet essential services. This is significant since minority communities like the LGBTQ community cannot afford to fall behind in the technology race when adequate access to reliable fast technology can impact everything from healthcare, education, economic opportunities or finding a safe community online and could make a huge difference between success and failure in everyday life."