This week, we bring you a special field report from Maryland-based radio and podcast producer Matt Purdy. Through interviews with citizens, digital equity advocates, and the city’s new Director of Broadband and Digital Equity, Purdy documents the connectivity struggles that have persisted in Baltimore’s historically marginalized neighborhoods for decades.
Those challenges have only become more pronounced with the pandemic, prompting local officials to begin making moves in the direction of something we’ve not yet seen in a community the size of Baltimore: building a city-owned, open access fiber network.
This is a great story, so we won’t give anything else away. Listen below, or here.