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City, county and school leaders unanimously approve plan for internet equality in Alachua County

Published: Apr. 15, 2021 at 5:52 PM EDT
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - One thing that Gainesville, Alachua county, and school board officials can agree on is equitable internet access for everyone.

With unanimous approval, staff for each elected body will develop a plan to create internet access for all people. It’s an issue officials say was exacerbated due to the pandemic.

Specifically, officials want this plan to address the education gap for public school students.

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“That we need robust, affordable and universal access and getting that bandwidth into our centers is critically important. We really need access to the home, that’s where in my mind, the real magic can happen with the family because everyone has access to it and I think it’s part of infrastructure, no different than roads, said Chairman Ken Cornell.

Seventeen officials unanimously agreed to the motion.

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