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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.

Cities Clamor for More Clout at FCC

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
1

The rules of broadband are changing, and local governments want a say in how they evolve.

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The Emerging World of Broadband Public–Private Partnerships: A Business Strategy and Legal Guide

Location:
Benton Foundation, 727 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL, 60202, United States
Recommendation:
3

It is an era of unprecedented interest in broadband as a platform of economic and community development. Advanced communications networks are increasingly recognized as a growing engine for economic activity, democratic participation, healthcare, and education. Local governments, in particular, increasingly embrace opportunities to develop next-generation broadband in their communities—and to reap the many benefits that broadband will deliver to their residents and businesses. Emerging public–private partnership (P3) models present a promising alternative to the traditional “municipal broadband” or “middle mile” models for the many communities that lack the capital or expertise to deploy and operate fiber networks, or to act as Internet service providers (ISPs) on their own. These models include: 1) Public facilitation of private investment, 2) Public funding and private execution, and 2) Shared investment and risk.

Frontier CAF Investments Support Broadband Expansion in Four States

Location:
WV, United States

Approximately 140,000+ rural homes across four states -- West Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Tennessee -- have improved broadband access, due in part to Frontier and the Federal Communications Commission’s Connect America Fund (CAF) investments.

Cleveland Broadband Consumers Pledges Multi-Front Campaign Against AT&T

Location:
Cleveland , OH, United States
Recommendation:
1

Daryl Parks, the attorney representing "Cleveland Broadband Consumers" claiming AT&T is "redlining" service in Cleveland and elsewhere, is pledging to open a multi-front legal attack on the company, including raising questions about its fitness for the multi-billion-dollar contract to manage FirstNet.

Google Fiber Lifts Off in Huntsville

Location:
Huntsville, AL, United States
Recommendation:
2

Google Fiber is officially lifting off in Rocket City.

Ensuring every community in America has access to high-quality broadband

Location:
SHLB Coalition, 1250 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
2

Broadband infrastructure legislation has been building momentum in recent weeks. Several bills have been introduced, Infrastructure Week created a buzz, and the Trump administration says that an infrastructure plan will be released soon. What does this all mean for America’s invisible broadband infrastructure and our digital future?

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.

A Trump FCC advisor’s proposal for bringing free Internet to poor people

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

Layton believes that zero-rating should be used to get poor people on the Internet in the US, similar to the "Free Basics" program that Facebook has implemented with mobile carriers in developing countries.

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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.

TecTalk with Rep. Blackburn on Broadband Infrastructure

May 19 2017 - 8:30am - 9:30am
Location:
US Chamber Capitol Hill Office, 430 1st Street, SE, Washington, DC, 20003, United States

Gigabit Broadband Availability Reaches Over 200M Globally, 56 Million in the US

Location:
Viavi, 430 N. McCarthy Blvd, Milpitas, CA, 95035, United States
Recommendation:
2

Just shy of 220 million people worldwide have gigabit broadband availability, according to the latest Gigabit Monitor from test and measurement vendor Viavi. That’s roughly 3 percent of the world population.

House Commerce Democrats Unveil Comprehensive Infrastructure Package

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
1

Democrats on the House Commerce Committee introduced a broad 21st Century infrastructure package that includes key areas within the Committee’s jurisdiction, including broadband, drinking water, healthcare, the electric grid, brownfields and renewable energy infrastructure. The Leading Infrastructure For Tomorrow’s America Act, or LIFT America Act (H.R. 2479), sets out five years of funding for essential infrastructure improvements, job growth, and greater protections for public health and the environment. The LIFT America Act includes investments in several key areas including $40 billion for the deployment of secure and resilient broadband to expand access for communities nationwide while promoting security by design.

Schools, Libraries, and Companies Urge Trump Administration to Invest in Broadband Infrastructure

Location:
SHLB Coalition, 1250 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
1

Connecting our nation’s schools, libraries, health clinics, and other community anchor institutions (CAIs) to affordable high-speed broadband needs to be a national infrastructure priority, especially in rural markets. In an effort to accomplish this goal, the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition released a letter to President Trump signed by 30 companies and anchor institutions urging the Trump Administration to include funding to deploy high-capacity broadband to and through anchor institutions in rural markets in the upcoming infrastructure package.

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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 ...

Tech Adoption Climbs Among Older Adults

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

A record 46 million seniors live in the United States today, and older Americans – those age 65 and older – now account for 15% of the overall U.S. population. Pew Research Center surveys find that seniors are moving towards more digitally connected lives.

Why a Dedicated High Speed Broadband Network to Connect the Unconnected is a Game Changer

Location:
Cleveland, OH, United States
Recommendation:
2

Recently, DigitalC launched the Connect the Unconnected program. Here I offer details on the technical design, the solution architecture, and our hopes for America's first, dedicated gigabit network designed specifically to support the unserved and underserved members of our community.

FCC Announces the Membership of Two Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee Working Groups: Competitive Access to Broadband Infrastructure and Removing State and Local Regulatory Barriers

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

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has appointed members to serve on two Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC) working groups, Competitive Access to Broadband Infrastructure and Removing State and Local Regulatory Barriers. The selection of members for the Streamlining Federal Siting working group is in progress, and final selections for this group will be announced at a later date.

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.

At the Edges of the National Digital Platform

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
2

Libraries straddle the information needs of the 21st century. The wifi, computers and now mobile hotspots that some libraries provide their patrons are gateways to a broad, important, and sometimes essential information resources. The research summarized here examines how rural libraries negotiate telecommunications environments, and how mobile hotspots might extend libraries' digital significance in marginalized and often resource-poor regions.

Study: Ohio Statewide Broadband Office, Investment Fund Could Help Boost Rural Access

Location:
Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 43210, United States
Recommendation:
2

A recent study by Ohio State University researchers found broadband access severely lacking in the state’s rural areas, a deficit they reported could yield significant economic growth if corrected — but if resolved could also lead to other, unintended consequences.

Infrastructure Deployment Webinars For Small Businesses

May 31 2017 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

The FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau will hold a webinar on a recently-adopted Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Notice of Inquiry entitled Accelerating Wireless Broadband Deployment by Removing Barriers to Infrastructure Investment.

Infrastructure Deployment Webinars For State And Local Governments

May 24 2017 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

The FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau will hold a webinar on a recently-adopted Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Notice of Inquiry entitled Accelerating Wireless Broadband Deployment by Removing Barriers to Infrastructure Investment.

Infrastructure Deployment Conference Call Consultation For Tribal Nations

May 25 2017 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

The FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (WTB) and the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau’s Office of Native Affairs and Policy (ONAP) will hold a Tribal conference call Consultation on a recently-adopted Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Notice of Inquiry entitled Accelerating Wireless Broadband Deployment by Removing Barriers to Infrastructure Investment.

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.

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