Taskforce Looks To Close Digital Divide

A Metro taskforce is searching for ways to close the digital divide in Nashville so more low-income families can afford internet access.

Councilman David Briley is on the taskforce. He says one idea is for the city to partner with an internet provider such as Comcast or Bellsouth. The company could offer reduced prices in exchange for government compensation.

Briley says this type of program would strengthen the community by providing more opportunities for more people.

“Without access to technological skills, you don’t really have as great a chance to succeed, and that’s getting more and more the case everyday.”

Briley is drafting a recommendation this week. The full taskforce hopes to present their recommendations to Metro Council by the end of the month.

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