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In very poor areas of LA, the poor pay more for the Internet

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A recent study by the California Community Foundation and Digital Equity Los Angeles highlighted stark differences in price and availability of internet services from two of LA County’s internet service providers – dominant ISPs Charter Spectrum and Frontier.

In the San Fernando Valley, Charter Spectrum is offering residents of a Sylmar neighborhood with a 7% poverty rate a $30 monthly service, guaranteed to stay locked up for two years. Another community in Sylmar, with a poverty rate of 27%, receives an offer of $70 per month with a one-year price guarantee.

The two neighborhoods are one kilometer apart.

“The highest speeds at the lowest costs are available to the wealthiest, whitest communities,” study lead author Shayna Englin said during a Zoom community meeting with representatives from Digital. Equity Los Angeles.

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