Internet for students is no longer a luxury

To the Editor:  

There is a continuing issue facing rural communities and small towns. The digital divide is not being sufficiently addressed and is a growing problem [“Hilltown internet coverage is expanding, but affordability is still a concern,” The Altamont Enterprise, Feb. 9, 2021].

The rural communities remain disadvantaged by lack of online access and computers. When access does become available, there are families that just cannot afford the cost of online access.

The internet for students is no longer a luxury; it is a necessity for learning. Some schools and libraries are providing tablets for students, but the bandwidth in these areas is sparse if not available at all.

The place for these families to work is in the public libraries; however, due to the rising COVID-19 infection rates, public libraries are closed for in-person use, and some have limited time and computer access.

Berne does have WiFi available 24/7 outside in the parking lot. I imagine that sitting in a car is not the best way to be doing homework.

Please don’t let the Hilltown kids get left behind due to demographics. Contact your Senator and Assembly person with your concerns today.  

JoAnne Brady


Berne Public Library

Board of Trustees


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