What is the digital divide?

The digital divide is the gap between demographics and regions that have access to modern information and communications technology, and those that don’t or have restricted access.

how do we solve this issue?

They are many different solutions for solving the digital divide. Some include installing a mesh network across a city, or installing fiber. They are advantages and disadvantages to each solution. 

can't we just put wifi spots everywhere?

Maybe. Installing base stations, or a mesh network can be a great short-term solution to give people access to the internet they need it most. However, fiber is the best long-term solution because it ensures a city will grow as technology improves. 

How much will this cost?

It depends. Giving wifi access throughout a city can be relatively inexpensive, but could cost more overall to maintain. A fiber solution can cost a high amount at the beginning, but can be the best solution for a city’s growth long term. 

How long will this take to fix?

The city of Brownsville has already begun preparing a plan to tackle this issue. The greater the citizens of Brownsville advocate for a solution, the quicker this can become a reality.

What is a smart city?

A smart city is a framework, predominantly composed of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), to develop, deploy, and promote sustainable development practices to address growing urbanization challenges.