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How Increasing Broadband Competition Can Address the Adoption Gap

In his latest article, Voqal’s director of telecommunications strategy, Mark Colwell, shares how increased broadband competition can address the adoption gap and reduce the digital divide.  Source https://voqal.org/how-increasing-broadband-competition-can-address-the-adoption-gap/?utm_source=sendgrid&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Newsletters&mc_cid=bcb09b9efa&mc_eid=d00ff37786 Never has the need for closing the digital divide received more attention than in recent months, as Americans have relied more than ever on broadband for work, […]

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The Other Homework Gap

I snagged today’s blog title from Christopher Ali, a professor in the Department of Media Studies at the University of Virginia. He recently wrote an article for the Benton Institute for Broadband & Society that reminds us that there is a second homework gap in addition to the one in K12 schools. There are almost 20 million […]

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17 Million Students Lack Home Internet. With No Relief From Congress in Sight, Schools Deploy an Awkward Mix of Buses, Mobile Hotspots to Get Them Online

(Central Kitsap School District) Distance learning starts in two weeks in Washington’s Central Kitsap School District, and Debbie Bryan, director of information services and technology, still isn’t sure how she’s going to connect students in some of the district’s more remote areas to the internet. It’s not for a lack of technology, she explained: The […]

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America’s Terrible Internet Is Making Quarantine Worse

Why millions of students still can’t get onlineOLGA KHAZANAUGUST 17, 2020 At 8 a.m. Pacific time last Wednesday, I joined David Anderson’s 12th-grade government class at Live Oak High by clicking on a Zoom link. Because California suffered a surge in coronavirus cases this summer, students in Live Oak, a town about 50 miles north of Sacramento, […]

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Belarus has torn up the protest rulebook. Everyone should listen

One messaging app helped protesters fight Alexander Lukashenko’s digital blackout. Can it bring him down? By SEAN WILLIAMS Tuesday 18 August 2020 At 2pm on August 16, a crowd of Belarusians – over 100,000 by some estimates – made its way to Minsk’s Hero City Obelisk, a 150-foot needle dedicated to the city’s three-year stand against […]

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Trump’s Attacks on TikTok and WeChat Could Further Fracture the Internet

By Ana Swanson, Paul Mozur and Raymond Zhong The president’s restrictions on Chinese tech may be part of an eye-for-an-eye logic called reciprocity. The price could be a global patchwork of online fiefs. WASHINGTON — China and the United States once acted like opposites when it came to governing the internet. Beijing imposed a heavy […]

Africa

Apply Now: $1,000,000 for African Online Safety Solutions from Google

By Wayan Vota on August 10, 2020 Over 500 million people have access to the Internet on the African continent – 40% of the population. Over 250 million Africans use smartphones for going online. Sign Up Now for Grant Funding Ideas This Internet, smartphone and mobile network usage has created extraordinary new opportunities for economic development. However, Internet access, especially by novice […]

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A generation left behind? Online learning cheats poor students, Times survey finds

Facebook Twitter Show more sharing options By PALOMA ESQUIVEL, HOWARD BLUME, BEN POSTON, JULIA BARAJASAUG. 13, 20205 AM Maria Viego and Cooper Glynn were thriving at their elementary schools. Maria, 10, adored the special certificates she earned volunteering to read to second-graders. Cooper, 9, loved being with his friends and how his teacher incorporated the video game Minecraft into […]

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Ohio Law Would Bar Community Networks From Broadband Expansion Program

Tue, August 11, 2020 | Posted by Ry Marcattilio-McCracken HB 13, a law moving through the Ohio state legislature, creates the state’s first-ever residential broadband expansion program in order to address an access gap faced by hundreds of thousands of households across the state. Unfortunately, it bars municipally owned networks and electric cooperatives from participating in […]

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Facebook Faces Shrinking Popularity, But Researchers Warn It May Be ‘Too Big To Fail’

Alison DurkeeForbes StaffBusiness As criticism of Facebook grows and a widespread advertiser boycott takes aim at the company’s business model, new research published Tuesday in the Internet Policy Review finds there could be “catastrophic social and economic consequences” if the mounting opposition were to result in Facebook actually shutting down without further regulations. KEY FACTS The University of Oxford […]