Dallas Fed: A quarter of San Antonio households lack internet access
A quarter of households in San Antonio lack Internet access, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas - a roadblock to applying for jobs and financial aid, online education, starting a business and being part of the increasingly digital economy.
It makes social mobility more difficult and affects business investment in communities, said Jordana Barton, senior advisor at the Dallas Fed.
“The underlying assumption … is that it’s a luxury,” she said. “But it’s like electricity and water.”
Barton and representatives from city government, the San Antonio Housing Authority and Goodwill discussed San Antonio’s digital divide and how to close it at an event Tuesday at the University of Texas at San Antonio’s downtown campus. The forum was hosted by San Antonio’s Digital Inclusion Alliance, Tech Bloc and the UTSA College of Public Policy.
The gap may only grow wider as jobs and industries change and it becomes more difficult to move into the middle class, Barton said. She cited automation within manufacturing and e-commerce within retail.
“Digital inclusion is economic inclusion,” Barton said. “The people who are left out need what everyone else has. They don’t need something ‘less than.’”
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