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City of Tucson working to expand internet access to assist with online learning

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TUCSON (KVOA) - Tucson City Council voted to invest $9 million of CARES Act grant funding to provide internet access city wide.

Last week's vote comes just as the majority of Pima County students turn to online learning.

With online learning, many concerns have been raised over internet capabilities and technology that simply is not there for some families.

"There is a digital divide in this community where there are parts of this city where people have internet they're working fine and dandy," Steve Kozachik Ward 6 Councilman said."There are parts of this city that don't have the connection, those are parts that we're going to target first."

This comes on the heels of Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry advising Pima County school superintendents to not resume in-person learning until after Labor Day.

For some families, it will be hard to get up to speed in time with the virtual semester starting in just a few weeks.

So what should you do if you're having problems with internet?

"Just have those discussions with your school. We want you to know that the schools are those leverage points for helping our communities," Pima County School Superintendent Dustin Williams said. "Come let us know and we can figure out a way to help."

Some internet companies are also stepping up to help families during the pandemic by offering free internet to qualified families. Just call your local internet service provider to check.

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