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Lower Price Hill neighborhood, school get free internet access in effort to curb digital divide

Oyler School will get a new computer lab with 50 new tablets as part of the partnership. (FOX19 file photo) Oyler School will get a new computer lab with 50 new tablets as part of the partnership. (FOX19 file photo)
LOWER PRICE HILL (FOX19) -

A local business is partnering with the City to bring free internet access to one of Cincinnati's most impoverished neighborhoods.

In an effort to curb the digital divide, Powernet, a Cincinnati-area company, is partnering with Oyler School and Community Learning Center to provide internet access to the entire Lower Price Hill community, as well as add a new computer lab for the school.

According to the Federal Communications Commission census-tracked data report only 20 to 40 percent of Lower Price Hill residents currently have fixed internet access.

"For one of Cincinnati's most hard-off communities, we are taking a powerful step forward in erasing the digital divide," said Council member PG Sittenfeld, chair of the education and entrepreneurship committee. "In a world of increasing inequality, providing universal internet access helps create a more equal playing field, especially for our community's youngest learners."

Multiple hot-spots will be installed throughout the neighborhood to provide coverage.

Powernet is also donating 50 10-inch tablets and keyboards to Oyler School, which serves nearly 700 students.

Additionally, the company is sponsoring a "Gift-1" program, where anyone who purchases a tablet costing $150 or more can direct the donation of an additional free tablet to the school, the Appalachian Children's Home, the Ronald McDonald House, City Gospel Mission, Miracle Ministries or the Dragonfly Foundation.

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