Digital Divide

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

Rural Communities Left in the Digital Dust

Location:
Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
3

Rural areas have been left in the dust when it comes to staying up to speed in the digital age.

Can Tech Make Democracy Great Again?

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

Whatever you make of the outcome, the 2016 elections sucked many of us into a social media black hole that hasn’t left us much wiser or more empowered. So I’ve been hunting for nonpartisan online tools that actually help keep politicians of all stripes accountable.

The Next Three Billion: Initiatives to Bring the Whole World Online

Jan 9 2017 - 10:00am - 2:00pm
Location:
New America, 740 15th Street NW Suite 900, Washington, DC, 20005, United States

Please join us for this half-day forum as we showcase – and debate – both “moon shot” global innovations and more local, community networking strategies. The event will also provide updates and a look ahead for the Global Connect Initiative with perspectives from both the State Department and development bank leadership.

City/county leaders cite digital inclusion, education as top priorities for libraries

Location:
International City/County Management Association (ICMA), 777 North Capitol St NE #500, Washington, DC, 20002, United States
Recommendation:
3

Local government leaders envision public libraries as a key resource to support their communities’ education and digital inclusion goals while indicating interest in exploring new roles for libraries to address other community priorities, according to a recent survey conducted by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), in partnership with The Aspen Institute and the Public Library Association (PLA).

Broadband Opportunity Council Agencies' Progress Report

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

Agencies have made great strides toward meeting the goals set forth in d the Presidential Memorandum on “Expanding Broadband Deployment and Adoption by Addressing Regulatory Barriers and Encouraging Investment and Training” by fulfilling, and even exceeding, the initial commitments outlined in the Broadband Opportunity Council’s report.

Strategies and Recommendations for Promoting Digital Inclusion

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

A fundamental principle underlying the work of the Federal Communications Commission is that “[a]ccessing the Internet has become a prerequisite to full and meaningful participation in society.” Unfortunately, despite the benefits that flow from being online, many Americans do not have broadband Internet access.

Bringing the Connected Future to All Americans, May 11, 2012 – January 3, 2017

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

It has been an honor, a privilege, and a wild ride serving as Commissioner at the Federal Communications Commission. It has provided me with a front row seat at the digital revolution.

Tribal Broadband: Status of Deployment and Federal Funding Programs

Location:
Congressional Research Service, 101 Independence Avenue, SE Library of Congress, Washington, DC, 20540-7500, United States
Recommendation:
3

Until recently, data on tribal broadband deployment had been scarce. However, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) have begun to collect and compile data on tribal broadband deployment. The most recent data show that, as of December 31, 2014, approximately 41% of Americans living on tribal lands lacked access to broadband at speeds of 25 Mbps download/3 Mbps upload.

Alternative perspectives on technology policy in the Trump administration

Location:
Brookings, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

Come Jan 20, President-elect Donald Trump will have the opportunity to continue or suspend many of the technology-focused initiatives begun by President Barack Obama. These programs included expanding broadband access, training workers for jobs in STEM fields, and building supercomputers, among others. Brookings experts Stuart N. Brotman, Robin Lewis, Nicol Turner-Lee, and Niam Yaraghi weigh in on what direction technology policy will take in the Trump administration, and how it might react to future technology change.

Verizon should expand Lifeline broadband beyond FiOS territory, says National Hispanic Media Coalition

Location:
National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC), 55 S Grand Avenue, Pasadena, CA, 91105, United States
Recommendation:
3

Verizon plans to offer Lifeline-supported broadband services where it offers FiOS service today, but the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) says the telecommunication company's efforts don’t go far enough. The NHMC says Verizon should offer Lifeline-enabled broadband throughout its entire footprint.

Connecting Students at Home

Location:
US Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20410, United States
Recommendation:
3

Today, as part of Housing and Urban Development’s ConnectHome initiative to bring high-speed internet to low-income households with school-aged children in HUD-assisted housing, T-Mobile, the City of New York, and the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) have committed to do their part to close the digital divide in New York.

Introduction: Digital Inclusion Policies and Programs of Local Governments

Location:
National Digital Inclusion Alliance, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
3

In November 2016 we launched Digital Inclusion Trailblazers, a catalog of local, state, and national digital inclusion leadership. This is the first public inventory of local government initiatives promoting digital literacy and broadband access for underserved residents.

The Hole in the Digital Economy

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
4

If the next president intends to improve American infrastructure and expand economic opportunities, there’s no better place to start than with the millions of people who still lack broadband access and computer skills.

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Digital Denied: The Impact of Systemic Racial Discrimination on Home-Internet Adoption

Internet access is a necessity for engaging in our communities, searching for employment and seeking out educational opportunities — but too many people are still stuck on the wrong side of the digital divide. And that divide disproportionately impacts people of color. Indeed, the racial divide in home-internet adoption — including both wired and wireless service — leaves people of color behind the digital curve. People of color comprise 32 million of the 69 million people in the United States who lack any form of home-internet access. Free Press research exposes this undeniable gap and explains how structural racial discrimination contributes to it. Systemic discrimination creates serious income inequality in this country. Whites have far higher average incomes than Blacks or Latinos. Low-income families are less able and willing to buy internet subscriptions. And many families who are willing to pay for service find they can’t due to racially biased barriers like credit scoring. Given how stark racial and ethnic income discrepancies are, it’s no surprise that people of color lag behind in internet adoption.

The 12 Days of #PhoneInjustice Redux

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

You may have caught my tweetstorm over the past few days highlighting several examples of bad practices when it comes to our nation's inmate calling services regime. Sadly, there are many more examples, particularly when it comes to city and county jails where some of the highest intrastate inmate calling rates across the country remain in effect.

Digital Denied: The Impact of Systemic Racial Discrimination on Home-Internet Adoption

Location:
Free Press (DC), 501 Third Street NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
Recommendation:
5

In this report, we demonstrate that communities of color find themselves on the wrong side of the digital divide for home-Internet access – both in terms of adoption and deployment – in a manner that income differences alone don’t explain.

Effort Underway to Improve Digital Inclusion and Literacy for Tribal and Rural Residents

Location:
PAST Foundation, 1003 Kinnear Road, Columbus , OH, 43212, United States
Recommendation:
4

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the PAST Foundation’s National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA-PAST), announced a pilot project that aims to increase digital inclusion in the United States through local digital literacy trainers, called the Digital Inclusion Corps.

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Innovators in Digital Inclusion: Ashbury Senior Community Computer Center

Location:
Ashbury Senior Community Computer Center (ASC3) , 11011 Ashbury Ave, Cleveland, OH, 44106, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Ashbury Senior Community Computer Center (ASC3) is a community-based organization which provides technology training and low-cost home internet service. ASC3 serves four Cleveland neighborhoods (Glenville, Forest Hills, South Collinwood and East Cleveland) -- and anyone else who requests their services. These neighborhoods are economically-diverse and family-oriented with a strong representation of older, African-American adults and Case Western Reserve University students. The draw of important churches in these neighborhoods brings in traffic from elsewhere in Cleveland. All four neighborhoods have low home broadband adoption rates. Wanda Davis and her family wanted to strengthen their community. They had two family businesses they needed to close, but they owned the property and realized there was an opportunity to create a community center. Ms. Davis said, “As we closed the hardware store and deli, wanted to make sure what we left was long standing and supportive of the community. The purpose has always been about impact.”

Sen Capito (R-WV): Broadband Should Be Key Trump Infrastructure Priority

Location:
Capitol Building, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC, 20002, United States
Recommendation:
3

In a letter to President-elect Donald Trump, Sen Shelley Capito (R-WV) asked that broadband deployment be a "core component" of Trump's infrastructure plan.

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Innovators in Digital Inclusion: Ashbury Senior Community Computer Center

ASC3 serves four Cleveland neighborhoods (Glenville, Forest Hills, South Collinwood and East Cleveland) -- and anyone else who requests their services. These neighborhoods are economically-diverse and family-oriented with a strong representation of older, African-American adults and Case Western Reserve University students. The draw of important churches in these neighborhoods brings in traffic from elsewhere in Cleveland. All four neighborhoods have low home broadband adoption rates.

FCC's 2016 Lifeline Modernization Order: What You Should Know

Location:
Next Century Cities, 1200 18th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
5

The Federal Communication Commission established the Lifeline program (Lifeline) in 1985 under President Reagan as a means of ensuring that low-income individuals had access to essential telecommunications services.

Why you may have good reason to worry about all those smart devices

Location:
Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business, 37th and O Streets, NW, Washington, DC, 20057, United States
Recommendation:
3

If Internet-connected wearables or smart home devices didn’t make your holiday shopping list this year, it may be because of growing concerns about how careless the makers seem to be with the data their devices collect.

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The Homework Gap and Libraries

Even as policymakers and technology companies laud the transformations broadband enables in education, when it comes to accessing the Internet to distribute homework and grades, to collect and grade assignments, and to enable parents to interact with their children’s school, a stark divide is apparent. Pew statistics suggest about five million households, mostly lower income and skewed to Black and Hispanic families, are on the wrong side of this divide.

Chairman Wheeler's Response to Sen Udall (D-NM) Regarding E-Rate Funding

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

On Oct 3, 2016, Sen Tom Udall (D-NM) wrote to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler urging the FCC to, "take additional steps to close the 'homework gap,' the digital divide facing too many students from rural areas and low-income families in New Mexico and across the nation."

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Libraries and Rural Broadband

In many rural areas, quality, affordable home Internet access is tough to come by. So what do people do? They go to the library.

Why the new administration should care about technology access for all

Location:
Brookings, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

A progressive technology agenda was promoted and executed over the last eight years, and in spite of party differences, the new Trump Administration might want to adopt these actions.

13% of Americans don’t use the internet. Until a few months ago, I was one of them.

Location:
Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
3

It took me until 2016 to learn how to use the Internet and get my first smartphone, both at the age of 68. It may sound strange to you that I’ve gone this long without Internet access, but I’m not alone — studies show that 13 percent of Americans don’t use the Internet.

America's Libraries: Powering Broadband Adoption, Access, and Use

Location:
American Library Association, 50 E. Huron, Chicago, IL, 60611, United States
Recommendation:
3

Libraries maximize trusted expert staff and technology infrastructure to boost Americans’ awareness of the benefi ts of broadband adoption and the digital skills needed to thrive online.

Charter Launches Low-Cost Broadband Service

Location:
Charter Communications, 12405 Powerscourt Dr, St. Louis, MO, 63131, United States
Recommendation:
3

Pushing ahead on a pledge tied to its acquisition of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, Charter Communications has launched a standalone, low-cost broadband service for qualified seniors and families that costs $14.99 per month.

What Is Digital Literacy?

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

While the word "literacy" alone generally refers to reading and writing skills, when you tack on the word "digital" before it, the term encompasses much, much more. Sure, reading and writing are still very much at the heart of digital literacy. But given the new and ever-changing ways we use technology to receive and communicate information, digital literacy also encompasses a broader range of skills—everything from reading on a Kindle to gauging the validity of a website or creating and sharing YouTube videos.

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