We are seeing an evolution of the public-private partnership model during the COVID pandemic. One of the key issues the pandemic has made very clear is how critical it is for everyone to have broadband internet access -- for work, education, and ordering necessary items online. But, such access is not free, nor is it available equally all over (personally, I think it's reached the point it should be treated as a utility, like water and electricity, but that's probably a conversation for another time).

The City of San Jose is meeting this need by teaming with AT&T to offer 8,000 WiFi hotspots with free high-speed internet and unlimited 4G LTE plans. The devices are being allocated to densely populated areas with K-12 students, low-income households, and households lacking digital access. Another example of how the public and private sectors can team together to accomplish public good that neither could do by themselves.