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Capital Group | Can investors help bridge the U.S. digital divide?

Digital divide, ESG, US

Fast and affordable internet service has become a critical component to working, studying, accessing health care and participating in the political process - both in the US and across the globe. In 2016, the United Nations went so far as to declare internet access to be a fundamental human right. Access to high-speed internet is crucial to social and economic health and is fundamental to achieving numerous UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Capital Group’s proprietary Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investment framework for broadband providers recognizes the importance of this issue. Analysts systematically consider how company management teams approach society’s digital divide.