Digital Divide

The gap between people with effective access to digital and information technology, and those with very limited or no access at all.

Bridging the Digital Divide

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

I’m pleased to announce that August will be Rural Broadband Month at the Federal Communications Commission.

To Close Digital Divide, Microsoft to Harness Unused Television Channels

Location:
Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA, 98052-7329, United States

Microsoft will harness the unused channels between television broadcasts, known as white spaces, to help get more of rural America online.

Appalachian Ohio-West Virginia Connectivity Summit

Jul 18 2017 - 8:30am - 8:00pm
Location:
Washington State Community College, 710 Colegate Dr, Marietta, OH, 45750, United States

The Appalachian Ohio-West Virginia Connectivity Summit is bringing together key players from across the country to brainstorm strategies for bringing broadband access to our rural communities.

Low Income Devices and Connectivity

Aug 10 2017 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Location:
MN, United States

Blandin Community Broadband Program webinars are designed to provide rural Minnesota leaders with information they can use to help transform their communities into tech savvy places to live, work and visit. Communities serious about attracting tourists, new businesses, entrepreneurs and young people must consider technology and Internet access as an essential amenity for community economic growth and vibrancy.

Leave No One Unconnected

Jul 11 2017 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Location:
MN, United States

Blandin Community Broadband Program webinars are designed to provide rural Minnesota leaders with information they can use to help transform their communities into tech savvy places to live, work and visit. Communities serious about attracting tourists, new businesses, entrepreneurs and young people must consider technology and Internet access as an essential amenity for community economic growth and vibrancy.

GAO: Some progress on Lifeline reform, but much still to do

Location:
American Enterprise Institute (AEI), 1150 Seventeenth Street, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

The Government Accountability Office issued a blistering report on the Federal Communications Commission’s efforts to assist low-income families.

More than 1,000 income-subsidized housing units in San Francisco are getting free gigabit internet

Location:
Hunters Point East West, 786 Jerrold Ave , San Francisco, CA, 94124, United States

When residents at San Francisco’s Hunters Point East and West low-income, federally-subsidized housing complex went online, many had access to free gigabit speed internet for the first time.

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Benton Supports Lifeline Program

Although there has been great progress extending broadband’s reach to more and more Americans, there remain too many households and communities that are not enjoying the benefits of broadband.

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Lifeline Advocates Urge FCC Chairman Pai to Stand by his First Statements as Chairman and Safeguard the only Federal Program Targeting the Digital Divide

Location:
USA, United States

The Lifeline program gives affordable access to broadband and telephone services in rural and urban areas alike. It provides a lifeline for working families to employment opportunities, elderly people to health care, veterans to critical services, children to education and everyone to 911.

10 Facts About Smartphones as the iPhone Turns 10

Location:
Pew Research Center, 1615 L Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

10 findings about smartphones:

California’s digital divide closing but new ‘under-connected’ class emerges

Location:
University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, United States

California faces a growing class of “under-connected” households that rely only on smartphones for online access, a trend that may worsen the state’s economic inequality, according to a report released by UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies.

If you weren't raised in the Internet age, you may need to worry about workplace age discrimination

Location:
USA, United States

In job ads, some employers have begun listing “digital native” as a requirement for the position. The term, many say, is a “code word” for young workers who have grown up with technology and will be able to use new systems with ease.

Remarks of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai At Broadband For All Seminar, Stockholm, Sweden

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

The United States is ahead of the global curve when it comes to delivering “broadband for all.” But we too face challenges.

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Rural Broadband Takes Center Stage During Tech Week

This week, the White House hosted a series of meetings, dubbed “Tech Week”, between leaders of the technology sector and Trump administration officials. Broadband was a key topic there, although discussions about getting everyone access to high-speed Internet service were held outside the White House, too – in Iowa, at Congress, and at the Department of Commerce. The discussions revealed how hard it is to get a handle on the rural broadband divide, and the complexity of bridging it.

Chairman Pai Statement On Inclusion Of Broadband In The Administration's Infrastructure Announcement

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai issued the following statement following the President’s announcement that he will include expanding rural high-speed Internet access in his infrastructure proposal.

Senate Drills Down on Universal Service Fund

Location:
Senate Commerce Committee, Constitution Avenue and 1st Street, NE Russell Senate Office Building - 253, Washington, DC, 20002, United States

The Senate Communications Subcommittee on June 20 took a deep dive into the Federal Communications Commission's Universal Service Fund, with a focus on rural broadband deployment and telehealth.

President Trump will commit to improving internet access in rural areas

Location:
Cedar Rapids, IA, United States

President Donald Trump will commit on June 21 to improving internet access in the country’s hardest-to-reach rural areas as a part of his forthcoming push to improve the nation’s infrastructure.

How do you do business without high-speed internet?

Location:
Erie City, PA, United States

Driving around rural Erie County, Pennsylvania, what you notice — aside from rolling hills, old farm houses, and the occasional small town — are the movie rental stores. There are a lot of them.

What Living With Modern Rural Internet is Really Like

Location:
Goliad County, Goliad, TX, United States

Trump-appointed Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai rightfully gets a lot of crap for his hostility toward net neutrality, but as someone who lives and works out where the Milky Way still shines in its full glory at night, I can't help but admire his talk of bridging the "digital divide" between "those who can use cutting-edge communications services and those who do not." This is a necessary thing. I don't think people in major cities understand how bad it is out here.

Rural America is Stranded in the Dial-Up Age

Location:
USA, United States

In many rural communities, where available broadband speed and capacity barely surpass old-fashioned dial-up connections, residents sacrifice not only their online pastimes but also chances at a better living.

Remarks Of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai At The National Congress Of American Indians Mid-Year Conference, Uncasville (CT)

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

Approximately 85% of residents of Tribal lands in rural areas lack access to high-speed fixed broadband. Put more plainly, if you are part of that 85%, it’s almost like living in a different era—one in which it’s much harder to improve your life and the lives of your families.

Poor Students Face Digital Divide in How Teachers Learn to Use Tech

Location:
USA, United States

Over the past decade, the "digital divide" in America's public schools has shifted. Classrooms in nearly every corner of the country have been flooded with devices and software. High-speed internet connectivity has expanded dramatically. Undoubtedly, there are still big disparities in the technologies available to the haves and the have-nots. But in places like Pittsburgh's southwestern suburbs, where some local school districts are engaged in a kind of ed-tech arms race, just offering kids the latest-model laptop isn't enough.

Colorado Broadband Policy Targets Unserved Rural Areas

Location:
Colorado State Capitol, 200 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO, 80203, United States

Some states, including Colorado, are not relying solely on federal programs to help bring broadband to unserved rural areas. Telecompetitor recently interviewed Tony Neal-Graves, associate director of the Colorado Broadband Office, about Colorado broadband policy and about the $2.1 million in grant funding that will be made available to network operators for broadband policy.

FCC chairman visits Iowa, discusses rural broadband access

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai paid a visit to three Northwest Iowa towns to address the issue of broadband Internet access -- or lack thereof -- in rural areas.

The Digital Divide Index

Jun 14 2017 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

The Digital Divide Index is a number from o to 100 designed to jump-start critical conversations regarding the digital divide. This webinar will review the concept of the digital divide and how it was measured for this particular index. Results from the index will also be discussed in an effort to make it easier to interpret and use the index.

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Innovators in Digital Inclusion: Free Geek

Location:
Free Geek, 1731 SE 10th Ave, Portland, OR, 97214, United States

In 2000, a collective led by Oso Martin recognized the need in Portland, Oregon, for safe disposal and recycling of electronics. Simultaneously, they saw an opportunity to get technology into the hands of those who did not have it. Free Geek began as a simple collection and refurbishment program (and, yes, it was started in a garage). A Free Geek gathering during Portland’s Earth Day celebration brought some formality to the enterprise shortly before it was founded. The new organization soon opened a storefront in an industrial area of Portland, where residents could drop off used tech, and volunteers set to work fixing it up and giving it away. The storefront that opened in a warehouse in the city’s Inner Southeast Industrial District 17 years ago now stretches half of a city block. This location, separated from most of the city’s residents, means that Free Geek must be a destination. Since the beginning, Free Geek’s service model has been structured around community service: volunteer a total of 24 hours and you receive a free computer. This approach fuels the engine, keeps resources available, and keeps people coming in the door. The program expanded so that students may complete 24 hours of any kind of community service in exchange for a computer.

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Innovators in Digital Inclusion: Free Geek

Free Geek is simple. It is tackling two problems in Portland: an excess of e-waste and the substantial digital divide. Ingeniously, it is using one to impact the other.

Communications Workers of America Calls for $100B Broadband Infrastructure Investment

Location:
Communications Workers of America, 501 3rd Street NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States

With President Donald Trump emphasizing his infrastructure revamp proposal, the Communications Workers of America wants Congress to emphasize broadband investment in any plan it approves. That came in a letter to the leadership, Republican and Democrat, of the House and Senate Commerce Committees.

Library of the Year: Nashville Public Library

Location:
Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St, Nashville, TN, United States

In the scope of its programs, services, and collections; the incredible reach of its efforts in cooperation with other public agencies, departments, and local businesses; and its work to identify and fulfill needs of both the mainstream and marginalized people of Nashville and Davidson County, the Nashville Public Library (NPL), the Gale/LJ 2017 Library of the Year, is a model for the nation and the world.

Public policy can improve older adults’ access to technology

Location:
Brookings, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

Public policies are critical in narrowing the digital divide for older adults and ensuring more accessible broadband access.

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