Lifeline Could Revolutionize Welfare and Bring Wi-Fi to the People — But It’s Not Enough


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Bridgid Skiba walks through San Francisco, searching for some goddamn Wi-Fi so she can get her homework done. Her phone outstretched, she scans for signals like a metal detector, flying through lists of home networks to find one an unsuspecting family forgot to lock. Finally, standing on the sidewalk, she spots some public Wi-Fi. She stops, sits down right where she is, crosses her legs and starts her homework.

Skiba is 53 years old. She was an EMT for nearly two decades before California Pacific Medical Center let her go in a massive round of layoffs, leaving her in need of a sudden career shift, with an education to match. Now she’s studying computer science and engineering at the City College of San Francisco. Everything she needs to pass a class — her syllabi, quizzes, reviews and handouts — is accessible only through a web portal.

In a city where many opportunities are determined by access to technology, Skiba and others who can’t afford home internet service are at an even greater disadvantage.


Lifeline Could Revolutionize Welfare and Bring Wi-Fi to the People — But It's Not Enough

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