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For colleges, $7B in federal broadband aid highlights extent of digital divide

February 16, 2021

The transition to online learning in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for some students at Tougaloo College.

The private, four-year historically Black college serves students living in the Mississippi Delta, a rural region long considered one of the poorest areas in the country. The $50 to $60 per month charge for reliable broadband internet service, where it is available, was too high for some of its nearly 800 students, who struggled to get online when classes went virtual, said Carmen Walters, Tougaloo’s president.

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