“We can’t have digital gated communities. The power of the web should be an equalizer, not something that creates greater inequity,”
A statement provided by the Mayor of Chattanooga Andy Berke.
Statistically, there are approximately 5 million residents consisting of school-going children who do not have a high speed internet connection, found by the Pew Research Center. The place that I am talking about is located in Tennessee.
Unfortunately, 22.5% of the city’s population lives under poverty, specified by the U.S Center Bureau.
Solving homework without an appropriate internet connection is torturous; therefore, by using a few programs together, can help the poverty ridden families to provide high-speed internet connection to their school going children.
After the implementation of the program called NetBridge, Chattanooga has managed to construct its very own set up for delivering high-speed internet connection to all its citizens, irrespective of the class they belong to.
There are various private vendors of the internet available in the US; however, the number of superfast internet networks is comparatively smaller due to the complexities and costs involved in constructing those. The city has designed its own remarkable fiber optics for obtaining the internet connection.
Now, the city’s agency called the Electric Power Board has taken the responsibility of the latest internet network.
This initiative/ program was launched in 2009; however, it only took a few months before such families started to put a line through it after preparing a list of “expenses for the month.”
$58 for 100 Mbps and reaching up to $289 for 10 Gbps internet connection.
So far many companies have tried to make internet connection equal for all, such as AT&T offering $5 internet connection speed to the underprivileged families; however its speed was arduously slow.
Google Fiber, on the other hand, promises to deliver not only the fastest but also a free high-speed internet connection, but its accessibility is only restricted to a few cities.
According to Berke,
“This has been a huge advantage for many of these families, even for kids who may have a device; they run out of data quickly. Having the internet at home gives them the chance to go on the web, explore, be creative and work on things that are critical to their future.”