OAKLAND (CBS SF) – Oakland City Council President Rebecca Kaplan is calling for publicly accessible Wi-Fi in the city, her office said Tuesday.

The coronavirus health emergency is causing people to rely on the Internet to do schoolwork and business but services are not universally available.

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The lack of access is especially acute for lower-income families and students in those families. Distance learning is more difficult when Internet services are not available, according to Kaplan’s office.

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“In the face of COVID-19 response, our efforts should include expanding availability of Internet service to the public, including those who cannot afford service,” Kaplan said in a statement.

Recently, donors have given millions of dollars to Oakland schools to help students get the electronics they need to learn during the coronavirus pandemic.

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