Digital Divide

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

EDA Invests $511,855 in American Rescue Plan Act Funds to Increase Connectivity in Greenwich, New York

The Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $511,855 grant to Washington County Fair, Inc., in Greenwich (NY) to increase local internet connectivity. This grant is funded by the American Rescue Plan. This project will support the installation of high-speed internet service with live broadcasting capabilities at the Washington County Fairgrounds.

FCC Creates 'Your Home, Your Internet' Pilot Program

The Federal Communications Commission has created the “Your Home, Your Internet” pilot program designed to raise awareness of the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) among households receiving federal housing assistance.

FCC Establishes Affordable Connectivity Outreach Grant Program

The Federal Communications Commission established the Affordable Connectivity Outreach Grant Program to raise awareness about the nation’s largest ever broadband affordability effort, the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP).

Senate and House Members Introduce PLAN for Broadband Act

Sens Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) along with Reps Tim Walberg (R-MI) and Peter Welch (D-VT) introduced the Proper Leadership to Align Networks (PLAN) for Broadband Act (S.4767). The legislation requires the President to develop a national strategy to close the digital divide and a plan to implement that strategy. This legislation is based on a Government Accountability Office report that found that federal broadband efforts are fragmented and o

Holland, Michigan, voters approve citywide high-speed internet proposal

Holland (MI) is getting a citywide high-speed internet network that will be funded by taxpayer dollars after voters approved a $30 million ballot proposal in the city's election. The city of Holland asked voters on August 2, to approve a municipal fiber optic internet network that would provide fast and affordable internet across the city, and would be paid for and maintained through public funds.

Analyzing the June 2021 FCC Form 477 data release

The Federal Communications Commission released Form 477 data as of June 30, 2021. The top lines of the release are: 3.6 million housing units (as of 2019 projections) unserved by 25/3 broadband, which is 2.55 percent of the 141 million housing units nationally.

USDA to Begin Accepting Applications on September 6 for ReConnect Program Round 4

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that the USDA will begin accepting applications on September 6 for funding to expand access to high-speed internet for millions of people in rural America nationwide through the ReConnect Program, which received new funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). USDA is making additional funding available for high-speed internet in Round 4 of the ReConnect Program.

Attending the first Generation Connect Global Youth Summit

In early June 2022, around 500 young people from more than 100 countries descended on Kigali, Rwanda for the International Telecommunication Union’s first Generation Connect Global Youth Summit. Throughout my brief visit to Kigali, a number of themes emerged:

K–12 Schools Implement Connectivity Solutions to Narrow the Homework Gap

More than two and half years into a global pandemic, school districts continue to struggle with high-speed Wi-Fi and the inequities that result when students and families can’t get consistent and reliable access to essential learning.

SpaceX Responds to Viasat Over Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Concerns

SpaceX filed a letter to the Federal Communications Commission on July 29 in response to Viasat's previous claims that the company is unable to fulfill the requirements of its Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) award. According to SpaceX, Viasat is trying to protect its legacy technology through influence the FCC to limit competition. The company also said that recent data from Ookla shows Starlink is able to provide the speeds necessary for RDOF funding, which exceed Viasat's performance.