Bridging the Digital Divide

Access and Opportunity

Feb 3 2022 • 25 mins

According to the U.S. Census, roughly one in ten homes in America lack a broadband internet connection, and the city of Brownsville, Texas tops the list of least connected cities in the country.

On this episode, we’ll learn from two people on the frontlines in the battle against this digital divide. We hear from Brownsville high school teacher Mayra Delgado. After seeing her students struggle with connectivity, she co-founded a group called What the Fiber to address the problem.

Then, host Carla Harris sits down with one of the people that are helping to bring broadband to Brownsville, Rene Gonzalez. Rene is the co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Lit Communities, a company that helps cities develop their own fiber networks instead of bringing in an outside internet service provider. This not only connects their residents and businesses but allows the city to earn money by charging Internet Service Providers (ISPs) for use of the city network.

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