There are still parts of Rhode Island with limited high-speed internet access


ICYMI: Rhode Island had as many as 152,443 confirmed cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, after adding 13 new cases. The most recent overall positive daily test rate was 0.3 percent. The state announced two new deaths, bringing the total to 2,726. There were 32 people in the hospital and 615,552 residents were fully immunized.

The US Department of Commerce unveiled an interactive map Last week, it shows widespread disparities in high-speed internet access across the country – and the news is mixed for Rhode Island.

The good news is what we already knew: Rhode Island has some of the fastest internet speeds in the country, making it easy for us to stream old episodes of “Saved by the Bell” while downloading music and playing. participating in Zoom calls.

The bad news is that there are still communities in the state where more than 25% of households report not having internet access, including parts of Providence, Central Falls and Woonsocket. The map breaks down accessibility by census tract, so you can identify exactly where the state faces the greatest challenges.

For example, in parts of South Providence, more than 29% of households reported having no internet access and 22.6% of households reported having no access to a computer, smartphone or tablet.

The Olneyville and Manton neighborhoods in Providence also showed a large percentage of households without internet, although a new program from ONE Neighborhood Builders has sought to provide free Wi-Fi to the community.

Rhode Island and most parts of southern New England are still in much better shape than other parts of the country, where broadband access is still severely limited. In Rhode Island and across the country, very poor communities tend to have less Internet access.

US Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo said the card “portrays a sobering view of the challenges facing far too many Americans as they try to connect to broadband and participate in our modern economy.”

Raimondo and president at Joe Biden The administration has sought to expand broadband across the country as part of Biden’s vast infrastructure package. During Raimondo’s confirmation hearings, there was bipartisan support for improving broadband.

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⚓ While the Rhode Island Department for Children, Youth and Families will receive a boost of $ 11 million in the proposed budget before the House on Thursday, several members of the House Oversight Committee and union representing social workers said the agency also needed to be checked. Read more.

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