Franklinton Senator Beth Mizell continues her fight for access to the internet for all, citing a new report that estimates about a quarter of Louisiana students do not have access to the internet which is needed for participation in virtual classes. She says the findings are deeply concerning, adding that in her district, it’s about 46% who are without internet. Additionally, 42% of students are without high-speed broadband access that would allow for multiple users in a home to do virtual learning. Among the ways school districts have attempted to patch the lack of internet access is through the distribution of Wi-Fi hotspots that work off of cellular data. Mizell says the hotspots puts the state in a much better position than it was at the beginning of the pandemic, but they aren’t a reliable long-term fix.