Digital Divide

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

The purchase of Internet subscriptions in Native American households

Location:
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), 1400 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC, 20250-0002, United States

With the growing use of the Internet for information, education, job hunting, and other activities, its economic value increases. The incidence of in-home Internet subscriptions, however, varies across households, and Native American households are less likely than other American households to subscribe to Internet services.

Crying Wolf on Waste, Fraud, and Abuse for Low-Income Americans

Location:
New America Foundation, 1899 L St NW, 4th Floor, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

While the Lifeline program was a crucial step toward providing low-income Americans with internet access, it’s also become the target of uproarious criticism. The reason? A Government Accountability Office (GAO) study recently reported waste and fraud in Lifeline, and the immense backlash even prompted two Congressional hearings on the matter, both of which largely served as opportunities for senators to publicly tear into the program for alleged “waste, fraud, and abuse.”

FCC Announces Chairs of Working Groups for Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment

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

This Public Notice serves as notice that Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has appointed chairs for the three working groups for the Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment (ACDDE):

Rural broadband seen as a necessity to rural economic growth

Location:
Washington, DC, United States

It's hard to run a successful business without access to high speed broadband. That was the message that repeatedly surfaced as Senate Democrats discussed issues important to rural America during a rural summit on Sept. 13.

Chairman Pai Remarks to Kansas Broadband Conference

Location:
Wichita, KS, United States

There’s no question that high-speed Internet is a game-changer for rural Americans. It’s improving standards of living more than any new technology since the rural electrification effort in the early 20th century. That is—so long as you have access. And that’s the big challenge.

Mexican TV Is Interfering with Rural Broadband in California

Location:
Campo, CA, United States

Indigenous peoples living on tribal lands are some of the most underserved people in the US when it comes to broadband. Many tribes share similar barriers no matter where they are in the country. But one group of tribes in southern California is using every tool it can think of, including using television spectrum to broadcast internet wirelessly. Unfortunately, they've run into one totally unique hurdle: TV channels are bleeding over the border from Mexico, and eating up their spectrum.

Does bridging the Internet Access Divide contribute to enhancing countries' integration into the global trade in services markets?

Location:
World Trade Organization, Rue de Lausanne 154, Geneva, Switzerland

This paper examines the impact of countries' distance between their Internet usage and the world' average of the Internet usage intensity on their integration into the world market of trade in commercial services.

Altice USA Broadens Reach of Low-Cost Broadband Option

Location:
Altice USA, Oyster Bay, NY, United States

Altice USA said “Economy Internet,” an uncapped broadband service for low-income households, is now available across its Optimum (former Cablevision Systems) and Suddenlink footprints.

The UN Says the Global Digital Divide Could Become a Yawning Chasm

Location:
International Telecommunication Union, Geneva, 1202, Switzerland

More than 52 percent of people on the planet still don't have Internet access. Men outnumber women as Web users in every region of the world. And there remain massive disparities in connection speeds in different countries.

Broadband Is Largely Inaccessible to Those Who Need it Most

Location:
USA, United States

The internet is a way for people in poorer or far-flung communities to connect with social programs and educational opportunities, such as employment and health services, to which they might not otherwise have access. But according to a new report from the Brookings Institution, residents in low-income or rural neighborhoods are the least likely to have broadband subscriptions.

Adoption Persistence: a longitudinal study of digital inclusion impact

Location:
Asbury Community Services, 1101 Ashbury Ave, Cleveland, OH, 44106, United States

The survey effort recontacted 429 past participants of the Connect Your Community project that had participated in a 2012 impact survey and produced findings that show the long-term and continuing impact of high-touch digital inclusion efforts 5 years after project completion.

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Our Broadband Divides -- And How to Bridge Them

Where is broadband? And where is it ain’t? Since encouragement of universal broadband is the law of the land, these aren’t trivial questions. This week we saw new evidence about where broadband is reaching -- and new clues about how policymakers will approach making sure this critical telecommunications infrastructure reaches everyone.

Commissioner Mignon Clyburn Statement on Future of the Lifeline Program

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

Once again we will read headlines trumpeting faults in the Federal Communications Commission’s Lifeline program that do not match the realities of the day.

Signs of digital distress: Mapping Broadband Availability and Subscription in American Neighborhoods

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

The following research assesses both components of the digital divide, and for the first time studies them in every American metropolitan area and neighborhood. Identifying local gaps—and not just in where telecommunications infrastructure goes, but also who subscribes to it—more comprehensively portrays the extent of digital disconnect.

Can a free market solve the digital divide?

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

A Q&A with Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai.

Informing Strategic Investment in Digital Equity: Cleveland/Cuyahoga County

Location:
Cleveland, OH, United States

Commissioned by the Cleveland Foundation, this report’s purpose is to guide the Foundation's staff and partners as they strategically determine how best to dedicate resources toward digital literacy, internet access and broad technological empowerment.

Where the Digital Divide Is the Worst

Location:
USA, United States

Despite the continued proliferation of the internet and new digital devices, many low-income communities still lack internet access. Slightly less than half of all households with incomes under $20,000 reported having internet access in the Census Bureau’s most recent American Community Survey.

Broadband Can’t Be Improved Unless It’s Measured

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

Understanding the Trend to Mobile-Only Connections for Internet Access: A Decomposition Analysis

Location:
SSRN, 1239 University Ave, Rochester, NY, 14607, United States

Household internet access via a mobile-only connection increased from 8.86% in 2011 to 20.00% in 2015. This paper uses national data to model the propensity of a mobile-only connection via logistic regressions.

Geographic Patterns and Socio-Economic Influences on Internet Use in U.S. States: A Spatial and Multivariate Analysis

Location:
SSRN, 1239 University Ave, Rochester, NY, 14607, United States

Discourse and interest in the digital divide research community is steadily shifting beyond access and adoption to utilization, impact, and outcomes of information and communications technologies (ICTs), particularly the internet

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Lifeline: Continue Reform, Or Throw It Out With the Wastewater?

The Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing on waste, fraud, and abuse in the Federal Communications Commission’s Lifeline program, which provides discounts on telecommunications services for eligible low-income consumers. In 2016, Lifeline disbursed about $1.5 billion in subsidies, making crucial communications services more affordable for 12.3 million households. In June, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report, based on 2014 subscriber data, that pointed to fraud and inefficiencies in the program, leading to this week's hearing.

FCC asks about the state of mobile broadband. Congress flips out.

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

Twelve senators wrote to the Federal Communications Commission expressing concern regarding the agency’s latest Notice of Inquiry. The senators’ letter echoes many arguments pressed by various interest groups which seem misguided, or at least premature, given that the agency is simply asking questions to get better information about the state of the industry.

Can Public Schools Close the Digital Divide?

Location:
USA, United States

As students across the country head back to school this week, you might imagine their school leaders consumed by last-minute hiring decisions, meetings with principals and other school leaders, and ongoing management of the district’s finances and facilities. But for Pam Moran, superintendent of Albemarle County Public Schools in Virginia, there’s another topic weighing on her mind: the district’s broadband infrastructure—or the network of equipment and technologies needed to provide high-speed internet service to Albemarle’s classrooms.

More digital redlining? AT&T home broadband deployment and poverty in Detroit and Toledo

Location:
Detroit, MI, United States

Mapping analyses of AT&T’s 2016 broadband deployment data reported to the Federal Communications Commission for Wayne County, MI, (Detroit) and Lucas County, OH, (Toledo) show the same pattern of “digital redlining” of low income neighborhoods as National Digital Inclusion Alliance research has previously revealed in the Cleveland and Dayton areas.

Fostering digital inclusion in smart cities

Location:
Social Science Research Council, One Pierrepont Plaza, Brooklyn, NY, 11201, United States

Can the “smart” and the “inclusive” come together in a way to make our cities better places to live for everyone? An answer in the affirmative is possible, but not inevitable.

Free Press' Jessica J. Gonzalez's Senate Testimony on Behalf of Lifeline Users and Affordable Access for All

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

Modernizing Lifeline for broadband is critical for poor people and people of color, who are more likely to be on the wrong side of the digital divide and who cite cost as a major barrier to adoption.

Smartphones help blacks, Hispanics bridge some – but not all – digital gaps with whites

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

Blacks and Hispanics remain less likely than whites to own a traditional computer or have high-speed internet at home. But mobile devices are playing important roles in helping to bridge these differences.

Redefining ‘Broadband’ Could Slow Rollout to Rural Areas

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

How fast is a broadband internet connection? That question is at the heart of a controversy at the Federal Communications Commission.

Broadband Infrastructure Alone Does Not Bridge the Digital Divide

Location:
University of Michigan, 2800 Plymouth Road North Campus Research Complex, Building 18, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109, United States

Broadband infrastructure is only a prerequisite for adequate digital inclusion, not a sustainable solution in itself. Research examining the economic impacts of broadband access in rural regions in the US found a stark difference in economic outcomes when ‘access’ was defined as the availability of broadband infrastructure versus ‘access’ being defined as the adoption of a residential broadband connection.

Broadband Redlining Complaint Filed Against AT&T at FCC

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

Attorney Daryl Parks has filed a formal Federal Communications Commission complaint against AT&T on behalf of three African American low-income residents of Cleveland (OH) alleging digital redlining.

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