Nearly 1 in 5 Worcester households lack internet access

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In some pockets of Worcester, including in areas off Shrewsbury Street and in Main South, roughly one third or more of households lack internet access, according to a report by the Worcester Regional Research Bureau.

Across the city, 18% of households have no internet access, and one-third lack higher-speed and more reliable broadband internet, the bureau said, citing U.S. Census Bureau data. Roughly three out of five people who aren’t in the workforce don’t have broadband internet access.

The bureau raises a potential solution: a municipal-owned service provider that could ensure residents in poorer areas of Worcester aren’t left without reliable internet access that can help them work from home during a pandemic or use an online connection for any range of purposes.

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