Free internet service helps to reduce the digital divide in Baltimore

Free internet service helps to reduce the digital divide in Baltimore


Baltimore is seeking to reduce the digital divide by enrolling residents in a free internet service as well as distributing hundreds of free refurbished computers.

 

Mayor Brandon Scott joined the Baltimore City Office of Information and Technology (BCIT), Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC) and PCs for People at Gilmor Homes in West Baltimore to register residents for the free services and provide computers at a recent HABC Resident Connect event.

 

Low-income households

 

Free internet services are available to eligible applicants through the federal Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) programme, created to help low-income households stay connected during the pandemic. HABC residents were able to sign up for free internet service through EBB with their choice of provider.

 

“Lack of access to technology for remote work, virtual learning and telehealth continues to undermine the potential of our communities,” said mayor Brandon Scott. “The pandemic may have exacerbated the digital divide. It is imperative that we remain laser-focused on ensuring that all city residents are connected to the internet and have access to a device.

 

“The HABC Resident Connect event is an example of the importance of public-private partnerships in Baltimore. It will take all of us to work to close the digital divide and deliver these crucial technology resources to Baltimoreans.”



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