Digital Divide

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

Education Groups Urge Leaders to Advance Digital Equity

Location:
Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), 1025 Vermont Avenue, Washington, 20005, United States
Recommendation:
2

CoSN and the Alliance for Excellent Education issued two complementary resources for school leaders to advance digital equity and increase broadband connectivity to students nationwide. Advancing Digital Equity and Closing the Homework Gap details the current state of broadband access, its adoption, and its barriers in US communities. The second brief, Advancing Digital Equity: An Update on the FCC’s Lifeline Program, recaps efforts to modernize the Lifeline Program, explains how these changes are at risk, and puts forth ways school leaders can stand up for the program and its positive impact on learning.

No Matter What Washington Does, One Nonprofit Is Closing the Digital Divide

Location:
EveryoneOn , 718 7th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
Recommendation:
2

EveryoneOn is announcing its plans to take over the ConnectHome program from HUD and expand its efforts to close the digital divide in more than 100 communities, both rural and urban, by 2020. HUD will still serve on the group’s advisory board, but will no longer manage it day to day. The new entity, rebranded ConnectHome Nation, is an effort not only to grow the program but to protect it from the often mercurial whims of Washington.

Bringing the Internet to Rural India

Location:
Taradand, MP, India
Recommendation:
2

While India produces some of the world’s best coders and computer engineers, vast multitudes of its people are entering the virtual world with little sense of what lies within it, or how it could be of use to them. Those who work in development tend to speak of this moment as a civilizational breakthrough, of particular significance in a country aching to educate its children.

Digital gap between rural and nonrural America persists

Location:
Pew Research Center, 1615 L Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

Rural Americans have made large gains in adopting digital technology in recent years, but they remain less likely than nonrural adults to have home broadband, smartphones and other devices.

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Presentation of Charles Benton Digital Equity Award to Emy Tseng

Location:
Saint Paul, MN, United States
Recommendation:
2

I am so honored today to present the second annual Charles Benton Digital Equity Champion Award. Charles’ life was a testament to the principle that real change is the result of sustained effort.

Kansas City Maps Data Related to Digital Inclusion

Location:
Kansas City Mayor's Office, 414 E 12th St, Kansas City, MO, 64106, United States
Recommendation:
3

As Kansas City continues to move forward, city officials have added a new data visualization map aimed at keeping track of digital inclusion efforts as well, so that all populations within the city will benefit from the technological growth of its infrastructure.

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National Digital Inclusion Alliance Names the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s Emy Tseng the 2017 Charles Benton Digital Equity Champion

Location:
Saint Paul Public Library George Latimer Central Library, 90 West 4th Street, Saint Paul, MN, 55102, United States
Recommendation:
3

The National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA) announced that this year’s recipient of the Charles Benton Digital Equity Champion Award is Emy Tseng, a Senior Communications ...

Lifeline Coalition Connects with Pai’s Staff on Broadband, Net Neutrality

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Lifeline Connects Coalition met with Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai’s Wireline Legal Advisor, Dr Jay Schwarz, on May 11, 2017, to discuss the draft Open Internet NPRM and the Commission’s commitment to support broadband services through the Lifeline program. It also discussed the upcoming increase in the Lifeline minimum service standards and current barriers to entry and industry consolidation in the Lifeline program.

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Digital Inclusion and Outcomes-Based Evaluation

Location:
Benton Foundation, 727 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL, 60202, United States
Recommendation:
2

In recent years, government agencies, private foundations, and community-based organizations have increasingly sought to understand how programs that promote digital inclusion lead to social and economic outcomes for individuals, programs, and communities. This push to measure outcomes has been driven, in part, by a larger trend to ensure that dollars are being used efficiently to improve lives rather than simply to deliver services. A new report, published by Benton Foundation, describes the challenges facing community-based organizations and other key stakeholders in using outcomes-based evaluation to measure the success of their digital inclusion programs and offers recommendations toward addressing these shared barriers.

National Digital Inclusion Week Helps Build Nationwide Momentum for Digital Equity

Location:
National Digital Inclusion Alliance, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
2

The phrases "digital equity" and "digital inclusion" are now being used to frame the discussion.

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Digital Inclusion and Outcomes-Based Evaluation

In recent years, government agencies, private foundations, and community-based organizations have increasingly sought to understand how programs that promote digital inclusion lead to social and economic outcomes for individuals, programs, and communities. This push to measure outcomes has been driven, in part, by a larger trend to ensure that dollars are being used efficiently to improve lives rather than simply to deliver services. A new report, published by Benton Foundation, describes the challenges facing community-based organizations and other key stakeholders in using outcomes-based evaluation to measure the success of their digital inclusion programs and offers recommendations toward addressing these shared barriers. This new research builds off Dr. Colin Rhinesmith’s Digital Inclusion and Meaningful Broadband Adoption Initiatives, released in early 2016.

Sen Manchin Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Expand Broadband Deployment Using Accurate Coverage Maps

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
3

Sens Joe Manchin (D-WV), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Deb Fischer (R-NE) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) introduced the Rural Wireless Access Act of 2017.

'Pop-Up' Library Brings Internet Access to Rural Virginia

Location:
Lake Anna, VA, United States
Recommendation:
3

Internet access can be hard to come by at the farms and houses that dot rural Spotsylvania County (VA) near Lake Anna and Mineral.

A Global Broadband Plan for Refugees

Location:
Migration Policy Institute, 1400 16th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

With global displacement at record levels, policymakers and humanitarian organizations increasingly recognize the role communications technology can play in facilitating protection solutions for refugees, both in transit and at destination.

ASC3 Launches Services Call Center Providing Workforce Development Opportunities for Digital Literacy Program Participants

Location:
Ashbury Senior Community Computer Center (ASC3), 11011 Ashbury Ave, Cleveland, OH, 44106, United States
Recommendation:
3

Ashbury Senior Computer Community Center (ACS3), a nonprofit inter-generational technology learning center in the heart of Cleveland (OH) helps those still living on the other side of the digital divide keep up. Ashbury, together with Connect Your Community (CYC), recently launched a Services Call Center offering nonprofit customers basic services such as research design, survey creation, survey programming, survey administration, data analysis, data cleaning, data entry, focus group hosting, focus group moderation, evaluation and report writing.

NTIA Celebrates Vital Role of Digital Inclusion Programs

Location:
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), 1401 Constitution Ave, Washington, DC, 20230, United States
Recommendation:
3

The week of May 8, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is joining communities, organizations and broadband advocates in recognizing Digital Inclusion Week and the important work being done by digital inclusion programs across the country.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai At The American Enterprise Institute: The First 100 Days: Bringing The Benefits Of The Digital Age To All Americans

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
4

.I thought it would be helpful this morning to highlight some of the actions we’ve taken and explain how they fit into a broader strategic vision. That vision includes five important goals: closing the digital divide, modernizing our rules, promoting innovation, protecting consumers and public safety, and improving the agency’s operations.

Internet access is an essential part of life, but the quality of that access can vary wildly

Location:
Mozilla, 331 E. Evelyn Avenue, Mountain View, CA, 94041, United States
Recommendation:
3

In an ever-connected world, the internet has taken on a fundamental role. While internet access is not quite as essential as clean drinking water, it is starting to get close. Low-quality access often creates a substantial economic and social disadvantage.

How Do Teens With Limited Internet Apply to College?

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

But between getting into college and figuring out how to pay for it, a strictly online application process can become an additional challenge for teens who have limited financial means and minimal access to the internet.

Gigabit Opportunity Zones Bill Introduced

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
4

Sen Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) has introduced a bill, the Gigabit Opportunity (or GO) Act, that she says would accelerate the deployment of high-speed broadband in low-income and rural communities.

Statement of Chairman Pai on the Introduction of the Gigabit Opportunity Act

Location:
Free Press (DC), 501 Third Street NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
Recommendation:
3

Introduced by Sen Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), the Gigabit Opportunity (GO) Act is an important step toward closing the digital divide, and one that has my full support.

AT&T Denies Request to Address Shareholders Over Redlining Allegations

Location:
AT&T, 208 South Akard St, Dallas, TX, 75202, United States
Recommendation:
3

Attorney Daryl Parks, who represented the family of Trayvon Martin, says AT&T has denied his request to speak at its shareholder meeting about his clients allegations of broadband redlining in Cleveland (OH).

AT&T's rollout of broadband serves the rich, shunts mid- and low-income families to the slow lane

Location:
Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, CA, United States
Recommendation:
2

The argument that the private sector can do things better, faster and cheaper than government never seems to go out of style. But a new report on AT&T’s strategy for rolling out high-speed Internet service in California underscores what may be the biggest flaw in that argument: When critical infrastructure construction is left entirely to private companies, much of the public gets shortchanged.

AT&T Fiber Deployment in CA Leaves Middle and Low-Income Communities Behind

Location:
University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, United States
Recommendation:
3

In a first-ever analysis, "AT&T's Digital Divide in California" looks at the deployment of fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) service in California by the largest telecommunication company in the state.

AT&T Targeted Over Alleged Broadband Redlining in Cleveland

Location:
AT&T, 208 South Akard St, Dallas, TX, 75202, United States
Recommendation:
3

AT&T is being targeted with a lawsuit following accusations of broadband digital redlining. Attorney Daryl D. Parks (he represented the families of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown) of Florida law firm Parks & Crump and attorney Walter Madison from Akron (OH) are representing families in Cleveland (OH) who allege they have been "severely impacted" by a lack of connectivity and want a meeting with AT&T top brass to talk about it.

Estimating willingness-to-pay for broadband attributes among low-income consumers: Results from two FCC Lifeline pilot projects

Location:
Texas Tech University, 2500 Broadway, Lubbock, TX, 79409, United States
Recommendation:
2

Recent studies have confirmed that broadband adoption (as opposed to simply having access to broadband infrastructure) is positively linked with economic growth. In light of this, federal policy efforts have switched from focusing mainly on the provision of infrastructure to more explicit adoption-oriented efforts. One of those efforts was the Federal Communications Commission's Low-income Broadband Lifeline Pilot Projects, which ran from 2013 to 2014.

Smartphones are common in advanced economies, but digital divides remain

Location:
Pew Research Center, 1615 L Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

When Pew Research Center surveyed 14 advanced economies in the spring of 2016, one thing was clear: In each of the countries surveyed, nearly all people reported owning a mobile phone. But the shares who own a smartphone vary considerably.

The broadband split in Northern Virginia

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

By some accounts, about 70 percent of the world’s Internet traffic passes through Loudoun County, Virginia daily. But if you happen to live in more rural western Loudoun, good luck getting decent Internet service.

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Innovators in Digital Inclusion: Multnomah County Library

Like most public libraries across the United States, Multnomah County Library (MCL) has long provided access to public computers, the Internet (through Wi-Fi), and personalized training to the community it serves. MCL has leveraged grants and partnerships to provide tailored services to community members with low technology literacy and few resources. The library is a primary partner in a collaborative, regional digital inclusion effort that includes:1) documenting community needs, 2) increasing access to low-cost devices and broadband service, and 3) delivering training where it’s needed most. In recent years, the library has focused increasingly on technology-related service in languages other than English, including Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese and Chinese.

Statement Of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai On $1.05 Billion Fiber-Purchase Agreement Between Verizon Communications And Corning

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai issued the following statement on the announcement that Verizon Communications has agreed to purchase at least $1.05 billion in optical fiber from Corning Incorporated.

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