Digital Divide

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

Rep Clarke Introduces GREEN Communications Act

Rep Yvette Clarke (D-NY) introduced the Generating Resilient and Energy Efficient Network (GREEN) Communications Act (H.R.8178), legislation that aims to harden our communications networks against climate change and natural disasters, while simultaneously reducing the carbon footprint of communications infrastructure.

Remarks of FCC Commissioner Starks at Ericsson's 2022 Broadband For All Summit

"It is a tremendously exciting time to be a broadband advocate," said Federal Communications Commissioner Geoffrey Starks at Ericsson's 2022 Broadband For All Summit. "Accelerated by the pandemic, the world’s digital

Broadband for All: Harnessing ARPA for Effective Broadband Expansion

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) has the potential to address several of the primary issues historically associated with broadband access in America, including funding concentration among few internet service providers (ISPs), unreliable data regarding broadband coverage, and device ownership disparities on the basis of income and age. This project studied a set of outstanding broadband projects using ARPA funding to understand how localities are addressing the critical issues of accessibility, affordability, and adoption to infuse equity into their broadband expansion efforts.

Teacher Perceptions of One-to-One Laptop Implementation: Suggestions for the Role of School Librarians

The purpose of this study was to examine variables related to teachers’ perceptions of the impact of a one-to-one laptop program on learning. This study used a survey designed to determine the teachers’ self-reported level of technology adoption, demographic variables, professional development needs, and perception of the impact of one-to-one laptop availability on student academic performance. Findings indicate that most teachers identified themselves as Early Majority Adopters.

Get Ready for Higher Interest Rates

The Federal Reserve recently raised its benchmark interest rate by 0.75 percent, the biggest increase since 1994. The interest rate is still low by historical standards, with the fed rate now at 1.75 percent. But there is a lot of talk among economists that the fed rate will likely increase to as much as 3.5 percent in 2022 and possibly 4 percent in 2023.

NTIA Awards $10 Million to Expand High-Speed Internet Infrastructure in Michigan

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced that it has awarded Michigan State University over $10 million from the Broadband Infrastructure Program, part of the Biden Administration’s Internet for All initiative. The grant, totaling $10.5 million, will fund middle mile fiber infrastructure expansion in partnership with last mile internet service providers in the state of Michigan. The project will take place in 74 counties, enabling a total of 103 access points with almost 70,000 census blocks and over 120,000 unserved locations.

FCC And Institute Of Museum And Library Services Sign Agreement To Promote Broadband Access

Federal Communications Commission Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel and Crosby Kemper, Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to jointly promote public awareness of federal funding opportunities for broadband. Through this MOU, the FCC and IMLS will focus on communities where broadband access is particularly challenging, such as rural areas and Tribal lands. The joint effort will include commitments to:

Appropriations Committee Approves Fiscal Year 2023 Agriculture-Rural Development-FDA Funding Bill

The House Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal year 2023 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies funding bill on June 23, 2022. The bill provides over $4.2 billion for rural development programs and invests over $560 million for the expansion of broadband service, including $450 million for the ReConnect Program. The full bill summary can be found here.

Southern Vermont Communications Union District member towns to be wired by end of 2023

The Southern Vermont Communications Union District (CUD) says its partnership with Consolidated Communications — and investments by that company, and federal and state government — will make the goal of finally making universal high-speed internet access possible. The Southern Vermont CUD, one of several statewide, is a municipal government entity representing 14 towns in Bennington County. In 2021, it partnered with Consolidated Communications in a plan to extend high-speed broadband to unserved and underserved communities, leveraging state and federal funds.

Will Broadband Labels Do Any Good?

The Federal Communications Commission is still considering using broadband labels that are supposed to explain broadband to customers. This sounds like a really good idea, but I wonder if it’s really going to be effective. Some of the items included on the FCC sample label are great. The most important fact is the price. It has become virtually impossible to find broadband prices for many internet service providers (ISPs). Many ISPs, including the largest ones, only show special pricing online that applies to new customers.