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Share of Households with Computers and BroadbandAtlanta


Atlanta, GA, is included in the comparison community set of the Regional Competitiveness Report. Based on metrics from the 2023 edition, Atlanta ranked #5 out of 20, with 87.18% of Atlanta households having a computer and dedicated broadband internet. Tampa Bay ranks 17th at 82.64%.


Atlanta has focused on becoming a technology hub and has made a concerted effort to provide digital access to as many households as possible. The summary below highlights several private-public partnerships, collaborations with nonprofits, and designated initiatives led by the municipal government. 


Digital access is critical to ensure households can work and learn from home. Still, communities nationwide face obstacles defined by low access to Wi-Fi and dedicated technology within the home. According to the Digital Bridge, more than 12,000 students (kindergarten through twelfth grade) do not have the internet at home in Atlanta. This digital divide creates barriers to education and learning and may impede digital literacy. 

In Atlanta, Georgia, Mayor Andre Dickens has a vision that has helped propel the city towards accomplishing its mission to become a tech hub.   

Part of that vision relies on private-public partnerships, collaborations with nonprofits, and designated initiatives led by the municipal government. 

For Instance, AT&T has created three Connected Learning Centers in the city as part of their $2 billion commitment to address the digital divide. The first location is inside the Atlanta Police Foundation’s Andrew and Walter Young Family At-Promise Center in Southwest Atlanta. Youth can access free internet, computers, and resources that help them complete homework, study for the GED, apply for work and develop essential job skills.   

The Center also offers access to The Achievery, AT&T’s free digital learning platform, digital literacy courses, and workshops created with the Public Library Association.  

Another example is Atlanta’s partnership with PCs for People, a nonprofit that supports digital inclusion in underserved areas of the city. 

PCs for People is an approved provider for residents who qualify for the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). This federal program supports at-need families with discounts on broadband and laptops, desktops, and tablets. 

As of 2019, over 12% of Fulton County households lack broadband internet or a computer. To expand access, Georgia-Pacific and PCs for People placed an antenna on the GP Center tower, which brought affordable internet to Atlanta’s west side. The organization has worked for nearly two decades to distribute over 260,000 computers and recycle millions of pounds of electronics destined for a landfill. 

Atlanta has also made investments in smart city technology, created advisory boards which unite public and private sector expertise, and works closely with Georgia Tech to prepare the technological workforce of tomorrow. 

By joining forces with IKE Smart City, Atlanta has installed interactive kiosks which provide information, resources, and transportation details to the public and can also be used to connect to free Wi-Fi. 25% of the 50 kiosks are installed in underserved areas of the city where digital access is limited.   

With an eye on equity, Atlanta has made significant strides towards digital inclusion through thoughtful partnerships which expand access for all.