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CRN featured Seidenberg Dean Jonathan Hill in "How The Channel Can Help Bridge The Digital Divide Among Students"

04/28/2020

CRN featured Seidenberg Dean Jonathan Hill in "How The Channel Can Help Bridge The Digital Divide Among Students"

Dr. Jonathan Hill, dean of the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems at Pace University in New York City, in an interview with CRN discusses the digital divide within our communities — now heightened amid the coronavirus crisis.

“As always, we are seeing that those who are getting infected with the virus are often in very crowded, underserved communities, either urban communities or rural communities, and it's the same thing that tracks with broadband access,” said Hill.

There are more than a million students in the NYC school system, the largest school district in the United States, according to the New York City Department of Education.

Hill told CRN, “Twenty-five percent of them live in communities where the broadband access is either poor or non-existent and you see that in large cities and in rural communities around the United States that the availability of broadband is just not wide enough for everyone to have equal access to this incredibly important tool.”

“I think one of the really miraculous things is that the internet infrastructure in this country has stood up to this heavy, heavy demand, but there are two large percentage of young people [being impacted]: they may be kindergarten students, or they may be graduate students at a university who don't have the tool, the basic tool that they need to successfully complete their studies,” he added.

Watch and read the full CRN interview.