AT&T installs ultra-high speed internet at two community Center in Raleigh
In an effort to bridge the digital divide in the Triangle area, two community centres on the edge of downtown got superfast internet installed. Close by centers where such services are installed are along the border of the Idlewild and College Park Communities off New Bern Avenue on the edge of Southeast Raleigh. In these areas high speed internet access is not there for every family and is one of the reason for the instalment of the facility according to the officials.
AT&T last year reached an agreement with six cities to install high speed internet. These cities are in the N.C. Next Generation Network which aims to provide high speed Internet in the area.
According to Octavia Rainey, a long-time community activist, due to economic changes in the area and coming in of new residents and houses there is a discrepancy in the spread of Internet literacy. According to her some people in the area are well versed in Internet while others struggle and the community centers are, the places to do it. Gail Roper, the chief information officer for Raleigh is of the opinion that high-speed internet access is a necessity and more is to be done to ensure that for the residents of the area.
Along with high speed the city also is on its way to increasing Internet literacy in the area. There are tutorial programs on the way with one being held on Saturday by a youth group. AT&T is helping in the endeavour and has granted a donation of $33,000 to the youth group.