“The Bronx is Buffering: New Connectors” by Harry Parker

Photo from article with caption “DreamYard staffer Rudy Blanco and volunteer Stanley Dru, also known as Osita, set up and test donated computers and hotspots prior to distribution to area high school students. Volunteers sorted the devices and configured them for specific schools so they could be put to use immediately. (Matt Turner)”

This article describes the coalition of activists and nonprofits including CTNY who are putting pressure on service providers and creating local broadband solutions.

With the pandemic and remote learning challenges receding, the Digital Equity Coalition is now working with Community Tech NY and the National Digital Inclusion Alliance to determine next steps. Some goals include making The Bronx’s broadband needs known beyond NYC policymakers, and working with similar groups in other urban areas to share knowledge and strength.

Community Tech NY has worked with groups in Detroit, Red Hook and Kingston, N.Y., and with THE POINT CDC in Hunts Point to improvise community-based internet solutions. The inclusion alliance shares information among similar digital equity efforts across the country and advocates for greater support with policymakers.

Parker, Harry. “The Bronx is Buffering.” in New Connectors. NYCity News Service. http://thebronxisbuffering.nycitynewsservice.com/connectors/

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