We have a crisis on our hands. ‘Close the Divide’ aims to provide Idaho’s low-income students with laptops, internet ahead of school year
Several school leaders in Montana have put small-scale plans in place to address what they view as a long-simmering equity issue. Public school districts in Billings, Missoula, and Great Falls all began or will begin to pay for some students’ home internet access.
One sad thing all Montanans share: Horrible broadband – We rank dead last — 50th in the nation — for broadband internet access.
Even in some of our largest communities, the investment in broadband infrastructure is either non-existent or so spotty that it is not even worth trying to make a call or send an email.
Especially in rural areas of the country, many lack access to broadband internet — and thus have struggled to participate in the remote learning, working and health care that have allowed others to adapt during the crisis.
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