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Definition: technology gap

(1) The difference in technologies used and/or developed in two companies or two countries where one is more advanced than the other.

(2) The difference between current-day products and the technology on the drawing boards.

(3) The difference between people who use computers and mobile devices regularly and those who do not. The technology gap is a serious impediment to students in households that cannot afford a computer or pay for monthly Internet access. Also known as the "digital divide" and "app gap." See e-learning and creative destruction.

New York-Washington Corridor
In 2021, this government map of broadband usage shows how the affluent parts of the U.S. have coverage, whereas the rural areas (red) do not.