Brainerd Dispatch: Distance learning highlights broadband inequity

EXCERPT: “If there’s one thing the COVID-19 pandemic has done consistently, it has been to highlight weaknesses in various areas, whether that be hospital supplies, food processing businesses or, more locally, broadband access. There have been warnings about all of these weaknesses for years. Local governments and chambers of commerce, for example, have been brainstorming broadband access almost as long as it has existed. However, with relatively few individuals using internet to work from home or get an education from home, the consequences of limited broadband access have been almost hypothetical. That is, until school children across the state all suddenly became distance learners. For some of those students, it became obvious what a difference a fast internet connection makes.” FULL STORY: