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For generations, economic and race inequities have existed for hundreds of thousands of Essex County residents. Over the last 12 months, the COVID-19 pandemic has particularly and profoundly exposed the breadth and depth of the digital divide in our region.

As an essential step towards addressing these inequities, 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.

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Column: Now is the time to bridge the digital divide in Essex County

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.

ECCF Convenes Community Leaders to Discuss Essex County’s Digital Divide

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.

Hope in Crisis: Exploring the Possibilities Post COVID-19

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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Kate Machet

Director of Strategic Initiatives

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