Wi-Fi Bridges a Digital Divide in Marin City Neighborhoods
“I really think we need to start looking at the internet as a public good,” says Itoco Garcia, superintendent of the Sausalito Marin City School District. “If you can’t access school or government services without an internet connection, then we need to make sure that everybody has access to one, regardless of socioeconomic or housing status.” Garcia is one of the community leaders spearheading a project to bring free neighborhood Wi-Fi to Marin City, bridging a digital divide exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Three public Wi-Fi access points will be installed in the first phase of the project and two years of internet access will be provided to up to 300 households in Marin City. The school district is partnering with the Marin County Department of Information Services and Technology and the Marin County Office of Education on the project.
Marin City residents interested in learning more about free WiFi access can contact Community Schools Manager Jahmeer Reynolds at firstname.lastname@example.org or 415.332.3573.