One of the needs the COVID-19 pandemic has made clear is for widespread broadband access for students, businesses, and citizens to be able to remotely work, find and apply for jobs, study, and do more such activities. Having access to broadband, or high speed, internet is becoming like access to electricity and water - it's a basic utility that we all need to have at a reasonable price.
The City of Chicago has put together a public-private partnership in the context of making high-speed internet available to students who don't have it. It is a 4-year, $50 million program involving many public, non-profit, and private-sector organizations. I'm going to go out on a limb and predict we're going to see many more of these sorts of organizations get started for this exact purpose. Where is your community in making high-speed internet available to everyone?
“This first-of-its-kind program will be one of the largest and longest-term efforts in the nation to provide free, high-speed internet over the course of four years to dramatically increase internet accessibility for students and help build a permanent public support system for families in Chicago,” according to a city statement.