Editorial: Bridging the ‘Digital Divide’

  • Staff photo by Ben Conant

Published: 10/16/2019 9:08:49 PM

The conversation about the digital divide is not new, yet it continues way past the point that it should have.

Rural America continues to lag behind urban areas when it comes to high-speed internet access and adequate cell service. It affects whether a business will move to which town or what part of town, affecting property values, the number of jobs in the area and depending on where you live in the region can be a major stumbling block to starting a home business.

If you attended the Peterborough Town Meeting in 2018 you’ll remember how the digital divide was used as a selling point when asking voters to approve the library’s $8 million renovation project by highlighting the “homework gap.” Imagine being a homeschool student who can’t access the internet in your part of town. Imagine being the ConVal School District and investing in a Chromebook for each student and knowing some of your students have poor or no access to high-speed internet access.

In our new series, “Digital Divide,” we have so far touched on the connectivity issues students living in the ConVal School District face, taken a look at what the town of Mason is doing to bring broadband more residents and have laid out what the top polling presidential candidates are proposing.

It’s time to stop being complacent about the digital divide and that is why we have started this series -- we want to make an impact and we need your help.

If you have a “Digital Divide” story idea please reach out to us at news@ledgertranscript.com. How is this problem affecting you? Your business? Your education? Your family? Your access to services?




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