Saturday, April 23, 2016

"Digital divide" still hampers public schools in low income rural areas, especially in the Sotuh

Rural schools in the south often have poor and unreliable Internet connections, because telecomm communities don’t find servicing lower income rural areas very profitable and there is a lack of competition. The front page Washington Post story Saturday by Chico Harlan is “A poor connection to modern life: The financial decisions of telecomm companies have left many rural students with sub-par Internet”.
The school at issue is Monroe Intermediate in Lower Peach Tree, SW of Montgomery. Not only are speeds subpar, but long outages are common, interfering with curricula.

This all refers to the “digital divide” in public education.

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