WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — School officials in Worcester are asking the city to explore the creation of a municipal broadband network after many families were unable to access online schooling during the coronavirus pandemic.
A school panel on internet access asked the City Council on Thursday to prepare a cost analysis and take other “concrete steps” to look into the possibility of creating a city broadband network, according to to The Telegram & Gazette.
A July report from the Worcester Regional Research Bureau found that nearly a third of households did not have broadband, and 18% had no internet at all. The area’s broadband is provided by Charter Communications.
Schools across the nation faced struggles with internet access after the coronavirus forced districts to shift instruction online last spring. In Worcester, the district bought thousands of wireless hot-spots for families that did not have internet, but the leader of the internet access panel said those “piecemeal efforts” are not a permanent solution.
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