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How a surprising partnership will result in internet for Detroiters lacking access

Meghan Sobocienski remembers a recent summer day when the internet at the church Grace in Action was down—again. Members of the youth-run collective Radical Productions, which does web development and is housed in the church, had to halt their activities for the day while they waited five hours for a technician to arrive and troubleshoot the connection.

"Would that ever happen downtown?" asks Sobocienski, who is the cofounder of the Southwest Detroit church. "If that happened to G.M. and their internet was down for five hours, would they and say, 'Stop working, go home'? No. But it happens all the time in the neighborhoods."

This wasn't the first time that the internet went down at Grace in Action and they couldn't fix it themselves. But it might be the last.

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