60 Million North Americans Without Mobile Internet Access: The Importance of Learning Programs that Don’t Require Internet

60 Million North Americans Without Mobile Internet Access: The Importance of Learning Programs that Don’t Require Internet


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TL;DR: Overall, the widespread availability of mobile internet has provided billions of people with access to information and communication, but there are still many, due to life circumstances, who do not have the resources to take advantage of opportunities. It is important to make sure skills learning programs can still reach those who are not able to use mobile internet.

Mobile internet connectivity has come a long way since the first cellular networks were launched in the 1980s. Today, billions of people around the world rely on their smartphones to stay connected to the internet, access information, and communicate with others. 

According to the GSMA’s “The State of Mobile Internet Connectivity Report 2022,” mobile internet access in North America is relatively high, with almost 83% of the population having access to the internet via their mobile devices in 2022. However, while access is widespread, many do not actually have the means to connect.

The cost of mobile data in the United States is among the highest in the world, which can make it difficult for some people to afford internet access. This can be particularly problematic for low-income households and those living in rural areas, who may already have limited access to the internet. As a result, 60 million North Americans either do not use or do not have access to mobile internet. 

For those without access to the internet, learning essential skills such as English proficiency, digital literacy, basic math skills, and reading comprehension, can be more difficult due to the lack of resources and opportunities to practice. For most learning programs, in-person classes or internet access are required, but what if you don’t have internet access? 

What is your solution to reaching employees or communities with essential skills gaps?

Here’s how Cell-Ed approaches this challenging situation.

Our programs do not require mobile internet, and they work on any basic cell phone, so are a useful learning tool for individuals without consistent access to the internet. These programs can be accessed anywhere with basic calling and texting, at any time, and can provide users with a convenient and cost-effective way to improve their essential skills like language, numeracy, and digital literacy. Additionally, Cell-Ed’s learning programs offer personalized lessons and exercises based on an individual’s learning goals and progress, allowing learners to complete lessons at their own pace and on their own schedule.

Let us show you how Cell-Ed can bridge skills gaps for your learners with no mobile internet access needed. Contact Us