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Data Shows San Antonio Is Taking Toddler Steps Toward Closing 'Digital Divide'

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San Antonio is making OK progress in closing the "digital divide" that frequently separates lower-income families from wealthier ones.

Last year, nearly 83 percent of San Antonio households had broadband Internet connections, according to data released by the Brookings Institution, a D.C.-based public-policy think tank. That's up from 71.5 percent in 2013, but still in the bottom 25 percent of the 100 largest U.S. metro areas.

Internet connectivity has big implications for families' education attainment and job prospects as well as access to health-care and banking services and commerce.

The good news for San Antonio is that only 23 other metro areas saw bigger increases in high-speed connectivity between 2013 and 2017. El Paso was No. 1 on the list, with a 14 percent increase, which brought the share of households with broadband connections to 81 percent. The McAllen area had the 7th fastest growth rate.

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