Description / Objectives
In Barcelona, there is a significant digital gap between different neighbourhoods, especially depending on income. The City Council has projects to reduce this gap and aims to ensure that access to internet services and solutions and to emerging technologies is efficient and balanced throughout the territory.
The digital gap gets worse when it is combined with other factors, such as employment and level of education. For example, 84% of Barcelona residents have broadband in their homes, while there is up to 34% difference between districts regarding internet connection in homes.
The City Council works with third-sector organisations to reduce this gap, through digital-inclusion programmes and specific projects aimed at the most vulnerable groups. One of the main objectives is for no one in the city to remain without an internet connection due to a lack of resources.
In order to counter and reduce these inequalities, a range of initiatives is being carried out, including improving municipal infrastructures, such as the corporative network and the public Wi-Fi network, as well as holding educational and informative workshops in the city's most disadvantaged neighbourhoods.