Mapping the State’s Internet Dead Zones

Bridging the digital divide has become more important than ever, and a big part of that is identifying so-called internet “white spots.” As schools have moved to an all-online system, these areas—where internet connectivity is limited—are struggling to keep children educated.

The Sacramento Bee spoke to education leaders in areas where internet connections are severely lacking.

“The most remote areas of our district are in those spots,” said River Delta Joint Unified School District Superintendent Katherine Wright. “It’s not even possible to get them access to (the internet).”

Wright’s district is not unique. The Bee found nearly 500 census tracts statewide where there are less than 600 internet connections for every 1,000 households. It created a map for the Sacramento area. Analysis was based on data provided by the Federal Communications Commission.

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