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Friday, August 23, 2013

The Digital Divide Is Still Leaving Americans Behind via @mashables

At one Newark public high school, accessible Wi-Fi can be more valuable than a bus ride home

In Newark, a city with one of the highest poverty rates in the U.S., many Newark Leadership Academy students can't afford home Internet access. At the school, like all public schools in the city, Wi-Fi isn't available to teachers or students. Instead, teens hungry for an online connection seek alternatives in order to fill out job and college applications, complete homework assignments and stay connected to the outside world.

"If they knew someone who could turn their phone into a hot spot, they would actually pay other students to use their data," said Robert Fabriano, a 30-year-old teacher at the school. "They would trade bus tickets ... if they lived two or more miles away, or a couple of bucks if they had it." Read more...

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