"I had no internet unless I topped up my phone by near £30 a week. I barely get that type of money."

A young woman gives an account of spending lockdown in a hostel where no internet access is provided. There's a simple solution: free wifi for all Digital Rights | Thu Dec 10 2020
It was just so hard – feeling like the world forgot about you

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I live in a hostel – it’s supported living – so we all have our own flats, but we couldn’t even call into each other, because of the restrictions. There’s no internet so I couldn’t even connect with family or friends unless I topped up my phone by near £30 a week. I barely get that type of money.

It was so lonely. I started to fall behind on my education, with my course in tech too, because it went online.

It was just so hard – feeling like the world forgot about you.