Access and Opportunity Podcast: Bridging the Digital Divide

Feb 8, 2022 10:00 AM ET
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Hosted by Carla Harris

On this episode, we hear from high school teacher Mayra Delgado about how her students are affected by the digital divide, and what she’s decided to do about it. Then host Carla Harris sits down with co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer Rene Gonzalez about how his company, Lit Communities, brings broadband connectivity to the communities that need it most.

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. After seeing her students struggle with connectivity, Brownsville high school teacher Mayra Delgado co-founded a group called What the Fiber to address the problem. Then host Carla Harris talks with Rene Gonzalez, co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Lit Communities, a company that helps Brownsville and other cities develop their own fiber networks instead of relying on outside internet service providers to provide the infrastructure.

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