Universal Broadband

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.

Broadband Provider Groups Seek CAF II Auction Changes

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

Organizations representing broadband providers have asked the Federal Communications Commission to modify its proposal for the Connect America Fund (CAF II) Auction.

FCC Chairman Pai Continues to Hide the Truth About Broadband Investment to Justify His Ideological Vendetta Against Net Neutrality

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

In filings about the Federal Communications Commission’s forthcoming wireless-competition report, Free Press called out FCC Chairman Ajit Pai for misrepresenting the state of broadband investment following the agency’s 2015 network neutrality ruling.

Federal E-Rate Program Dramatically Expands High-Speed Internet Access for Schools

Location:
EducationSuperHighway, 1 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA, 94104, United States

In 2013, only 4 million students had access to broadband that provided internet fast enough to allow for digital learning in the classroom. Now, four years later, that number has catapulted to 39.2 million, thanks to the modernization of a federal program and a broad bipartisan coalition of federal and state lawmakers and policymakers dedicated to the cause.

2017 State of the States Report

Location:
EducationSuperHighway, 1 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA, 94104, United States

More than 39 million students in America now have access to high-speed Internet at school, a 5.1 million student increase over last year.

American Cable Association To FCC on CAF II Auction: Simplify

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

The American Cable Association says the Federal Communications Commission has to simplify its Connect America Fund II auction framework if it wants to get the most fiscal bang for the buck.

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.

Can We Build a Global Internet from Swarms of Satellites and Tech-Company-Backed Balloons?

Location:
International Telecommunication Union, Geneva, 1202, Switzerland

Ten years ago, the world population was 6.6 billion; 3 billion of those people lacked access to broadband internet connectivity. Fast forward a decade to 2017, and the global population has risen by 1 billion, but so has the number of disconnected people.

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.

How The FCC is Using Legal Gymnastics to Excuse Itself From Getting Americans Internet Access

Location:
Public Knowledge, 1818 N Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

The Federal Communications Commission is currently in the process of redefining much of rural and low-income America in reverse when it comes to internet access.

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Tapping Technology to Enhance Civic Engagement

City leaders often struggle to engage citizens in the civic arena. How can we encourage busy people with limited time to become active participants in the public process? How can municipalities hear from a wider range of constituents, particularly those who have not traditionally engaged? And how can technology be used to enhance and improve civic engagement?

Senators blast Lifeline in Hearing

Location:
Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs, 340 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, DC, 20510, United States

The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee held a hearing Sept 14 titled, "FCC’s Lifeline Program: A Case Study of Government Waste and Mismanagement". ...

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.

Broadband Analysis: Scrappy Wireless ISPs Get the Job Done

Location:
Washington, DC, United States

Rural areas don’t need to wait on expensive and hard-to-build fiber-to-the-home networks to start using broadband. In many cases, fixed wireless can provide a fast and affordable last-mile connection in underserved areas. And some communities are building the system themselves.

Rural Broadband Shouldn't Come at the Expense of Being Affordable and Effective

Location:
New America, 740 15th Street NW Suite 900, Washington, DC, 20005, United States

The Federal Communications Commission’s recent inquiry into reducing the minimum speeds for broadband—something that sparked criticism among open internet advocacy groups—is the latest example of how FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has failed to champion policies that would enable rural broadband to succeed once it’s built.

Groups Pressure Senate to Preserve Lifeline Program

Location:
Washington, DC, United States

Three dozen organizations, including Common Cause, the Communications Workers of America, and the Benton Foundation, have sent letters to individual members of the Senate asking them to preserve the Lifeline communications subsidy program from what they say are Federal Communications Commission efforts to undermine it.

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.

Needed: A better way to open the doors of digital opportunity

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

Promoting universal access to modern communication services and the internet, especially for low-income and disadvantaged Americans, is a noble cause and a pragmatic objective worthy of government support, but the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Lifeline program is not an effective or efficient means of achieving these goals.

Broadband 4 All

Nov 2 2017 - 9:00am - 4:00pm
Location:
National Union Building, 918 F Street NW, Washington, DC, 20004, United States

The Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition will convene Broadband4All: Universal Service Symposium on the future of anchor institutions and the Universal Service Fund (USF) on November 2, 2017 in Washington, DC.

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.

Rural Broadband Expansion At Issue in CenturyLink-Level 3 Deal

Location:
CenturyLink, 100 CenturyTel Dr, Monroe, LA, 71201, United States

Public interest watchdogs are concerned about a proposed merger that could have big implications for rural broadband as it nears the regulatory finish line

Broadband Can’t Be Improved Unless It’s Measured

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

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

CenturyLink’s rural Qwest territory shows disparity for higher speed broadband

Location:
CenturyLink, 100 CenturyTel Dr, Monroe, LA, 71201, United States

CenturyLink said in its semiannual report to the Federal Communications Commission that 53% of urban-area customers in the former Qwest territory can get speeds of 40 Mbps or higher.

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