Center for Business and Economic Research - Ball State University

How Many School-Age Children Lack Internet Access in Indiana?

How Many School-Age Children Lack Internet Access in Indiana?

This study explores regional variation in internet access among Indiana households with school-age children. The lack of access likely resulted in significant differences in the quality and quantity of school instruction received by Hoosier students during the Spring 2020 school closings caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Likewise, this lack of internet access will make virtual learning difficult for some children if schools opt to have online education for the upcoming school year.

Updated October 27, 2020.

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Tags: education, indiana, technology and automation, family and households, pandemic

Authors: Srikant Devaraj, Dagney Faulk, Michael J. Hicks, Yuye Zhang