On Oct. 20, DC City Council held a public hearing for the Internet Equity Amendment Act of 2021, a bill introduced to help bridge the digital divide in Washington. The divide mostly affects Wards 5, 7, and 8 as less than 65% of households have broadband access. The bill requires that all District residents have a high-speed internet connection as the need for reliable internet has increased due to virtual life exacerbated by the pandemic.
The bill introduced by the Committee on Government Operations & Facilities has garnered strong community support and is still under council review.
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Thank you @EmpowerEdDC for providing the opportunity for educators, policymakers, and advocates to come together to talk about the needs of our students and teachers. It’s past time for our schools to work for ALL of our students. pic.twitter.com/FnbTHLeuJu— Robert C. White, Jr. (@RobertWhite_DC) October 24, 2021