The Assistant Secretary of Policy & Evaluation's Office of Human Services Policy has conducted a landscape analysis of federal funding sources available to fund internet access and devices. This analysis culminated in a guide to these funding streams aimed at three audiences: human service providers, K-12 schools, and individuals/families.
The COVID-19 pandemic forced many traditionally in-person services to become virtual, at least temporarily. A significant barrier is lack of access to broadband, internet services, and devices such as laptops, particularly for youth and families struggling to work, go to school, and receive services at home.
A 2020 Report from the Federal Communication Commission found that 18 million people, including 7 million children, lack internet access. The lack of a stable internet connection or appropriate devices limits who is able to access services delivered virtually. Low-income families and rural communities are disproportionately affected.
For more on this, Broadband Access Resources.