About 1 in 5 households in Columbia County do not have internet subscriptions, Eppinger said, and many residents who have them struggle with internet connectivity issues anyway. Since the pandemic started last spring, Portage Community School District has purchased 160 “mobile hotspots” allowing students to connect a computer or tablet to their phone’s internet service.
“COVID-19 has taught us that the digital divide is far worse than we ever thought,” Eppinger said. “But I think we can overcome it by investing in our community.”
“We can’t fill out the application