News ID: 274209
Published: 1003 GMT September 15, 2020

Digital divide: “My children's classroom is a car park”

Digital divide: “My children's classroom is a car park”

During the coronavirus pandemic, life has turned to the Internet. But not everyone has it.

That’s why Jamie Gould has found herself driving her two children out to a parked school bus on the side of the road to access WiFi so they can make it to virtual class. They spend eight hours of their day working from inside the family van, with no access to a bathroom and with the car running for air conditioning, BBC reported.

In the US, about 13 percent of households lack access to broadband Internet. But in rural America — where service is often unavailable or too expensive — it’s nearly 25 percent. That’s about 42 million people throughout the country who can’t easily get connected.

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