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Digital equity initiative continues with Chromebook distribution

Chris Stewart, Dayton Daily News |

Residents in five Dayton public housing communities received free Chromebooks Wednesday as part of the Montgomery County Digital Equity Initiative funded largely with $2 million in CARES Act dollars that also paid for the installation of free Wi-Fi networks.

About 40,000 households — or 13% — in the Dayton metro area lacked access to the internet, according to 2018 Census Bureau American Community Survey data. About 9% of households had no computer and about 9.6% had a smart phone but no computer.

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