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'Digital divide' - 57,000 Connecticut families don't have high-speed broadband, study says

If you're taking classes at home, you need a computer and internet - but a new study says 57,000 Connecticut families don't have high-speed broadband.

News 12 Staff

Oct 27, 2020, 9:43 PM

Updated 1,329 days ago

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If you're taking classes at home, you need a computer and internet - but a new study says 57,000 Connecticut families don't have high-speed broadband.
Dalio Education, along with the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, put the study together. Statewide, almost one-fourth of households do not have high-speed internet.
In Bridgeport and four other cities, the numbers are even worse - at 38%.
"It's going to take action at city halls. It's going to take action at the statehouse, and it's going to take federal action," says Joe DeLong, of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities.
It's not just children who are left behind, either - the study says the "digital divide" could keep people unemployed too.
"They'll have to retrain themselves," says John Horrigan, of the Tech Policy Institute. "A lot of that is going to take place online, and they'll need home internet access."
This year, the Dalio Foundation bought 60,000 laptops for Connecticut students. The state is also providing high-speed internet for families as well as Wi-Fi hot spots.
The study says Connecticut should create a new broadband council to close the "digital divide."
The New England Cable and Telecommunications Association tells News 12 in a statement, "In Connecticut, 98% of households have access to reliable broadband and the state has consistently been ranked nationally as a top state for broadband access for over a decade, including a #1 ranking in 2020. NECTA’s members are working with Governor Lamont on the Everybody Learns school initiative to ensure all Connecticut students can have access."


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