Detroiters lacked internet access, updated computers during COVID-19 | #education | #technology | #training

When Amariah Wims-Fuller lost her internet access last year, she raced to notify teachers to prevent them from marking her absent.

“I was just mainly focusing on notifying my teachers of the problem going on so I wouldn’t be marked absent,” Wims-Fuller said. “I would ask my mother to message them and tell them that the WiFi was moving a little bit slow.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a new light on the long-standing problem of the digital divide in Detroit, the gap between those who can afford reliable access to high-speed internet and updated hardware, and those who cannot. Government and nonprofits have stepped in to provide some emergency help to try to bridge the divide. But experts and residents say much more is needed to live, work and play online for the long haul.

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