Broadband internet isn’t equally available to L.A. County’s low-income residents, report says

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The pandemic proved how crucial it is to be connected to the internet.

Without it, students couldn’t learn online, residents had a harder time making COVID-19 vaccine appointments and loved ones found it more difficult to stay in touch.

But not everyone in Los Angeles County has equal access to the kind of high-speed broadband that makes these everyday tasks doable. And low-income residents often pay more for the same or worse service than their neighbors in higher-income areas, according to a new report from the California Community Foundation and Digital Equity L.A., a coalition of local community groups.

In particular, the report alleges that Charter Communications, which operates Spectrum, offers lower prices for higher speeds of service, along with better promotional offers, to residents in wealthy neighborhoods compared with what’s offered to lower-income neighborhoods. (Spectrum partners with the Los Angeles Times on a nightly TV show.)

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