Tierrabyte: Addressing San Antonio's Digital Divide
Emily Delarosa, a sophomore at South San High School, often skips lunch to do homework. On a recent Thursday, she again missed lunch – this time for a chance to fix the problem that often makes finishing her homework at home so frustrating: access to reliable high-speed internet.
“I have two younger brothers so I don’t get a lot of computer time,” Delarosa said, explaining that her family shares one computer with unreliable internet access. “We have dead spots at home … and there’s no Wi-Fi at my dad’s.” Delarosa lives west of her school near Lackland Air Force Base.
Delarosa joined nearly 300 of her classmates one day last month at the South San High School for a training session led by representatives of the school district’s technology department. The training helped students without reliable internet access at home learn how to use personal Wi-Fi hotspot devices.