Getting low-cost high-quality internet access for work or online school classes has been a challenge for L.A.’s poorest residents, especially during this pandemic.
“Some 300,000 Angelenos have no access to the internet, and another 600,000 are minimally connected through wireless hotspots, phones and tablets, according to recent U.S. Census data”, said Hernan Galperin of USC’s Annenberg School. He’s published studies that conclude that big internet providers have failed to invest in broadband access for Black and Latino residents throughout L.A., regardless of income level.
Some schools and employers have handed out mobile wireless hotspots, and some big internet providers have made low-cost and free plans available that offer a lower-than-standard level of access.
Now, some 3,600 households in four Los Angeles public housing communities will get access to free wi-fi for six months, and pay $15 per month if they want to keep it going.
Imperial Courts in Watts is the first to be connected, with installations happening later this month. Nickerson Gardens, Jordan Downs and Pueblo del Rio will follow, with the