Peeling back the layers of the Digital Divide in rural Florida

WIMAUMA, Fla. — There’s no doubt about it, the Internet is a tool that most people around the world depend on for their daily lives. 

From applying to jobs to paying bills, and even setting an appointment at the beauty salon or doctor’s office, people have become dependent on the Internet.

So, when the coronavirus pandemic caused everyone to go on a global lockdown, people all over the world, from students to the working class, packed up their computers and headed home to where they logged in and carried on with their work and studies.

The transition was easy for most people living in urban areas because they had access to reliable internet service. Apartments and houses in metropolitan cities are usually hardwired and internet ready. And, the only thing left to do is to call the internet provider in the area and a modem will be delivered within a couple of days.