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Op-ed

Next Generation Broadband for Western North Carolina

Blair Levin

Regional Broadband Roundtable

Asheville, North Carolina

January 22, 2018

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Many thanks and Happy New Year.

I don’t want to argue with the title of the most famous book ever written by a regional native son but I am happy to prove you can go home again.

Analysis

Innovators in Digital Inclusion: Connecting for Good

Broadband access and adoption are essential for full participation in our society, for education, for public health, and for public safety. But nagging gaps in broadband adoption exist in too many U.S. communities. In Digital Inclusion and Meaningful Broadband Adoption Initiatives, Dr. Colin Rhinesmith explores successful, local efforts to help low-income individuals and families overcome the barriers to broadband adoption. Dr.

Analysis

Experimentation is the Watchword as Communities Seek to Close Adoption Gaps


John Horrigan 

For many low-income Americans, internet connectivity is a struggle. About half (53%) of those in households with annual incomes under $30,000 have a home broadband internet subscription plan, compared with 93% of households whose annual incomes exceed $75,000. This makes closing connectivity gaps a priority for policymakers, the non-profit sector, and many internet service providers (ISPs).

Op-ed

Defining Success in the FCC's Connect America Fund Phase II Auction

Carol Mattey
Carol Mattey

The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) upcoming Connect America Fund (CAF) Phase II auction will be the first significant U.S. effort to use competitive bidding to address the digital divide in rural America.

Op-ed

Where The Rubber Meets The Road

 

Michael Copps
Mike Copps    

Analysis

Digital Inclusion and Equity: Why Now

I was recently on a panel discussion that focused on “digital inclusion and equity” and part of my assignment was to address this question: Why are we talking about digital inclusion and equity now in a way that is different from, say, eight years ago? The obvious answer – very different presidential administrations – only touches the surface.

Weekly Digest

FCC Repeals 2015 Net Neutrality Protections

You’re reading the Benton Foundation’s Weekly Round-up, a recap of the biggest (or most overlooked) telecommunications stories of the week. The round-up is delivered via e-mail each Friday.

Round-Up for the Week of December 11-15, 2017

November 27 - December 1, 2017
Weekly Digest

'Restoring Internet Freedom', Or the End of Net Neutrality?

McBeath
McBeath

You’re reading the Benton Foundation’s Weekly Round-up, a recap of the biggest (or most overlooked) telecommunications stories of the week. The round-up is delivered via e-mail each Friday.

Round-Up for the Week of November 27 - December 1, 2017

Analysis

Antitrust is Law Enforcement

At the end of October, Jonathan Baker, Fiona Scott Morton, and I organized a day-long conference entitled Unlocking the Promise of Antitrust Enforcement. Our premise was simple: In a time when the purpose and future of antitrust is again an important topic of political discourse, we need to understand what antitrust enforcers can do today with the laws that exist right now.

Benton Editorial

Transparency Isn’t the End, We Need Responsive Leadership

News reports indicate that we should expect to see Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai's proposal on net neutrality rules this week in advance of a December 14 vote on the rules. Whatever you think about net neutrality, Chairman Pai's move to release FCC rules before they are voted on is a step in the direction of good government. Transparency is a key ingredient to facilitate democratic participation, accountability, and trust in government.