Monterey County offers free internet services to struggling residents

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The Internet keeps people connected to work, school, healthcare, friends, and family.

Even in this fast-paced age of technology, many people struggle to afford the internet, especially Salinas students and families. In an effort to close the “digital divide,” Monterey County officials are asking eligible residents to sign up for free internet.

Rais Abbasi, assistant superintendent of the Alisal Union School District, says the need to turn to homeschooling during the COVID-19 pandemic, which consisted of using computers or tablets at home, has been a wake-up call for schools across the country.

“California is a very rich state; it could be one of the largest economies in the world,” Abbasi said. “But it has pockets of very rich areas and very poor areas. We live in the East Salinas area, which has very depressed areas economically.”

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