STRIVING FOR DIGITAL EQUITY
A report on the challenges and opportunities the Digital Divide presents to Essex County.
The COVID-19 pandemic has intensified the Digital Divide in Essex County as residents have been forced to transition their lives online.
To better understand these challenges and explore real opportunities for equity, ECCF partnered with the Center for State Policy Analysis at Tisch College, Tufts University, to produce a baseline analysis of how the Digital Divide impacts each of Essex County’s 34 cities and towns.
On Tuesday, October 20, the data was presented to almost 200 cross-sector community leaders to spark the conversations needed to address this most critical topic.
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The digital divide is not new. For decades, there has been a wide and growing gap between the information haves and the have-nots. But as it has done so often in the last eight months, COVID-19 has blown the roof off another longtime disparity that has become one of the most pervasive challenges of this pandemic.
ARTICLE FROM 97.9 WHAV WAVELENGTHS By John Lee Grant SEE ORIGINAL ARTICLE HERE. The Haverhill City Council has taken the first step toward bridging the digital divide. Councilors Tuesday voted to allocate $20,000 to investigate the feasibility of bringing high quality...
Across Essex County, one out of every five households lacks a basic computer. Approximately 160,000 residents live without high-speed internet access. But the digital divide – the gap between those with access to technology and those without – runs much deeper than hardware and broadband.
On March 11, 2020, we were thrust into a global health crisis that has so profoundly affected our way of life. Over the last three months, the Coronavirus pandemic has leveled unprecedented personal, societal, organizational and economic challenges against us, and it has exposed longstanding needs and inequities like rocks revealed in the receding tide.
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