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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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  1. Understand the problem: tens of millions of Americans are without meaningful internet access, a problem most acute in rural and minority communities.
  2. How educational institutions and businesses can meet needs and help close the gap.
  3. How policymakers can can meet needs and help close the gap.

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Eric Dorman, Public Relations Manager, WGU Tennessee

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  • Tags: accessibility, digital divide
  • Event: EDU
  • Format: Talk
  • Track: Policy & Civil Discourse
  • Session Focus Area
  • Level: Deep Understanding
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