Bridging the gap in internet inequality . . .

The Lowe Down

Not a week goes by that I don’t hear or read about someone wishing we had high-speed reliable internet at an affordable price in our area. Personally, we’ve had to call our internet service provider two or three times in the past couple of months to report our poor service at home. This is not unusual. The lack of steadfast highspeed internet service appears to be a drawback to living in a rural area.

According to a report by the Arkansas Department of Information (DIS) Arkansas ranks 48th out of 50 states in broadband access. Despite the fact that there are 124 internet providers in Arkansas; 614,000 residents are without access to broadband. Another 661,000 state residents have a single provider and another 230,000 don’t have access to a service.

This can be a problem, for not only businesses, but for students in areas like ours, where our school district has a 1:1 laptop initiative with high speed internet only for many students to go home to sketchy internet service, if they have internet service at all. Not only are we suffering from an internet inequality issue, but also an education inequality issue. Our students, our learners, do not have the same access to 24/7 learning opportunities, tools and information provided by highspeed internet that students in larger cities have available to them. Shouldn’t high-speed internet access be fair and exact and benefit all Arkansas students equally?

 

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