‘Welcome to the Mesh, brother.’ Guerrilla Wi-Fi comes to New York

July 25, 2021 at 5:45 pm Updated July 26, 2021 at 7:44 am    1 of 6 | Daniel Heredia, left, a volunteer with NYC Mesh, a nonprofit community Wi-Fi initiative, installs a router on the… (Jose A. Alvarado Jr. / The New York Times) More Skip AdBy Bliss BroyardThe New York Times NEW YORK — Daniel Heredia peered across rooftops, surveying the […]

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Our Challenge to Finally Close the Digital Divide

 You’re reading the Benton Institute for Broadband & Society’s Weekly Digest, a recap of the biggest (or most overlooked) broadband stories of the week. The digest is delivered via e-mail each Friday. Round-Up for the Week of July 26–30, 2021 For 40 years, the Benton Institute for Broadband & Society has helped strengthen communities by advancing […]


Now is the Moment for Broadband for All

High Tech Policy Francine Katsoudas 91% of local government leaders consider internet access critical to economic growth.—U.S. Municipal Infrastructure Index The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated many of this country’s preexisting inequalities, especially for the more than 20 million rural Americans without access to reliable broadband internet.  Students in communities across America were left behind during remote […]


Cloudflare Launches Project Pangea to Help Underserved Communities Expand Access to the Internet, For Free

New initiative will offer Cloudflare’s global edge network and security services at no cost to help connect local communities to the InternetJuly 26, 2021 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Cloudflare, Inc. (NYSE: NET), the security, performance, and reliability company helping to build a better Internet, today announced a new initiative to improve Internet access […]

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UNESCO And The Internet Society Announce Strategic Partnership To Advance Universality Of The Internet

By India Education Diary Bureau Admin On Jul 25, 2021Share On 1 July 2021, Tawfik Jelassi, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information and Rinalia Abdul Rahim, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Implementation at the Internet Society (ISOC) signed an expanded collaboration framework to jointly shape and advance Internet development and digital transformation by operationalizing Internet Universality […]

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Understanding Broadband Speed Data in NTIA’s Indicators of Broadband Need

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) recently released a new public map, the Indicators of Broadband Need. This publicly available resource accompanies the National Broadband Availability Map (NBAM), pulling together public and private broadband internet access service datasets. The Indicators of Broadband Need map and National Broadband Availability map are both proving helpful to communities as they plan […]

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Gearing Up to Connect Minority Communities

Submitted on June 17, 2021 Friday, June 18, 2021  You’re reading the Benton Institute for Broadband & Society’s Weekly Digest, a recap of the biggest (or most overlooked) broadband stories of the week. The digest is delivered via e-mail each Friday. Round-Up for the Week of June 14-18, 2021 On June 15, the U.S. Department […]

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Make Broadband More Affordable and Accessible for All Americans

BY JONATHAN SCHWANTESJune 15, 2021 at 5:00 am ET It has been more than a year since the world was confronted with a devastating virus that dramatically altered the way we live, work and communicate. Today it is clearer than ever how much we depend on a fast, reliable internet connection. But getting online for millions […]

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A mish-mash of ideas is best option to close digital divide

by Roger Entner | Jun 4, 2021 2:57pm Perhaps subsidization and levies on big tech could be part of a mix to fund broadband to unserved areas. (Getty Images)ShareFacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint The negotiations around President Biden’s Broadband Infrastructure Bill are in full swing. We have at least 10 broadband bills, the White House American Jobs Act Fact Sheet, an article by former FCC […]


New ways needed for closing digital divides?

AEIdeas TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATIONTELECOMMUNICATIONS June 7, 2021 By Bronwyn Howell As America gears up for President Joe Biden’s (trimmed down) $65 billion plan to connect every American to affordable high-speed internet, almost inevitably the focus turns to rolling out infrastructure — notably, terrestrial fiber — into unserved (or underserved), predominantly rural communities. (The goal is to give […]