Overcoming Digital Deserts: The Birth of Bronx Digital Equity Coalition

Before the COVID-19 pandemic started, the Bronx was known to be home to some of New York City’s largest digital deserts, neighborhoods where many people do not have Internet access at home.

Like the Bronx Community Foundation reports:

  • The Bronx has the lowest broadband usage in any borough, and the differences are even more pronounced at the neighborhood level, where 38% of the Bronx do not have access to broadband.
  • Nearly 1 in 5 teens are unable to complete their homework due to the digital divide.
  • About one-third of households with children ages 6-17, and whose annual income falls below $ 30,000 a year, do not have a high-speed Internet connection at home.

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