the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist
“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx
Dec 6, 2021
The mayor of Baltimore announced that part of the American Rescue Plan funds in Baltimore would go to creating 100 hot-spots for Internet access. This project will use six million dollars and take as long as five years!
Baltimore City had close to 100,000 households without Internet access BEFORE the pandemic. That is forty percent of all Baltimore households, 2 out of every 5. These 100 hot-spots, at recreation centers in poor neighborhoods, leave exactly the same problem as before—thousands and thousands of children in poorer households do not have Internet access, and most of them don’t have a laptop to do homework. Their parents or guardians would have to get them to a recreation center, hope their tablets worked, and wait while they did their homework!
In other words, 99% of those lacking Internet access will still lack it, despite this new funding. These children will still be behind when they graduate from Baltimore City public schools.
Who is being rescued? Very few. Baltimore, like most cities, is an Internet disaster spot.