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Washington, D.C., Eyes City Fiber Network as Key Element to Close Digital Divide

In the past year, the Washington, D.C., city government has rededicated itself to closing the digital divide with a community effort dubbed Tech Together D.C. To expand broadband access to all city residents, the district also plans to capitalize on 800 miles of municipally owned fiber.

“The idea is that D.C. government can’t do it alone — we cannot solve for the digital divide alone. It’s going to take a lot of us,” says Lindsey Parker, the district’s CTO. “And obviously, COVID has only revealed more and more of the inequities that come from the digital divide.”

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