CLEVELAND, Ohio – The coronavirus has made Internet access even more crucial for families than before, but many still do not have it in their homes.
Social distancing and the closure of theaters, concerts halls and meeting places make the Internet a greater source of entertainment and interaction. Some dance and music schools and museums are providing extra online broadcasts during the crisis.
And Ohio’s three-week school closure, which Gov. Mike DeWine says could easily go longer, makes online learning important for students, through district classes or websites with educational material.
But lack of Internet access is forcing some school districts to distribute lessons in paper packets during the shutdown. That puts some districts and children at a disadvantage.
So how wired are Ohio’s communities?
The National Digital Inclusion Alliance, a Columbus-based group advocating for better connectivity for all, used census data to rank the “worst-wired” cities in the nation last year. Ohio had several in the worst half of 624 cities with 50,000 or more households.
Here are Ohio’s worst-wired cities, with their national rank (worst to best) per that study:
And here is a Plain Dealer ranking of the least-connected cities in Ohio, ranked by percentage of households without Internet access, according to census estimates. Right below is a look at the lack of computers and internet access by school district, for all of Ohio.
For both searches, enter the name of any city or school district in the box at the top.
To find the exact percentage, click on the bar.
Website of source