A third of Americans plan to telework after COVID public health crisis ends, survey finds

A Cars.com survey of 3,000 respondents found that a third of Americans have transitioned to working in a virtual telework environment and plan to continue to do so permanently. This finding highlights the importance of a high-speed Internet connection now and likely long after the COVID-19 public health crisis ends. 

However, not all Americans are able to take advantage of telework opportunities when offered due to a lack of affordable access to the Internet. According to a recent Pew report, 34 percent of Black households and 39 percent of the Latinx community do not have a wired broadband connection, and Native Americans are the least connected population with 47 percent of those living on tribal lands lacking Internet access. More must be done to provide affordable broadband access to those without it or unable to afford service.

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Commuting stalls in the age of COVID-19: Cars.com finds 62% of Americans are trading in public transit for personal vehicles and 35% say commuter life has changed forever (PR Newswire, Aug. 24, 2020)