AMHA expanding residential high-speed internet service
SHERRY KARABIN | Legal News Reporter Published: May 28, 2021
Barberton residents who live in two Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority (AMHA) properties will soon have access to free quality internet service without leaving their homes. It’s all part of AMHA and Building For Tomorrow’s (BFT) ConnectHome Akron Initiative, which seeks to provide reliable service to public housing tenants in Summit County through their ongoing Community Wi-Fi Zone project.
“Studies show that only about 55% of public housing residents in the U.S. have consistent high-speed broadband internet,” said AMHA Resident Services Administrative Analyst Megan Conkle.
“While the gap in internet service has been an issue for families for some time, the pandemic has only exacerbated the problem,” said Conkle. “Many people are now working from home and need dependable internet service and children rely on the internet for school, among other things. It’s no longer a luxury, but an absolute necessity.”