SXSW EDU 2021
Closing the Digital Divide
Twenty-one million Americans currently lack meaningful access to the internet. Throughout the summer, we saw coverage of the over 15 million students affected by the digital divide. It is fast becoming a full-blown crisis as schools resume on virtual learning models. As government stalls on much-needed legislation and as internet providers shrink away from ensuring internet access, the digital divide widens and a whole generation of students will fall behind. It's time to sound the alarm.
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- Understand the problem: tens of millions of Americans are without meaningful internet access, a problem most acute in rural and minority communities.
- How educational institutions and businesses can meet needs and help close the gap.
- How policymakers can can meet needs and help close the gap.
- Kimberly Estep, Chancellor/Regional Vice President, WGU Tennessee/Western Governors University
- Bill Haslam, 49th Governor of Tennessee (former), State of Tennessee
- Michael Torrence, President, Motlow State Community College
- David Golden, Allen & Ruth Harris Chair of Excellence, College of Business and Technology, East Tennessee State University (also, retired Senior Vice-President, Chief Legal & Sustainability Officer, and Corporate Secretary, Eastman Chemical Company)
Eric Dorman, Public Relations Manager, WGU Tennessee