Tech-Based Discrimination: Redlining Broadband Access

Redlining.

The practice of denying services, either directly or through selectively raising prices, to residents of certain areas based on the racial or ethnic composition of those areas.

In a recent post, the Atlanta Daily World reported that the tech-giant Google may be restricting broadband access in low-income, minority neighborhoods and, therefore, deepening the digital divide.

This attempt, if proven true, serves as another example of the discriminatory practice also evident in school zoning policies, voting districts and state-based funding procedures.

Read more on the Atlanta Daily World’s findings and how redlining historically impacted Black neighborhoods through discriminatory loan procedures. And, in case you missed it during it’s headline coverage earlier this year, Ta-Nehisi Coates’ “A Case for Reparations” also chronicles the historic implications of this practice.