Only One-Third of Rural California Households Have Home Internet Access

Only a third of rural California households have internet access, compared to 78% of urban households, limiting the number of students who can finish online homework assignments, according to an EdSource analysis of California Public Utilities Commission data. While low-income families are the most likely to lack internet access because the additional payment is too much, there’s also a lack of service providers and options. The lack of internet access feeds both the homework gap and an achievement gap between rural districts and their wealthier counterparts, though California has invested millions to improve internet access both in schools and communities.

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