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These Cities Have the Fastest, Slowest Internet in Rural America

The Atlanta suburb of Hampton, Georgia.boasts the fastest internet of any rural US city while Newcastle, California has the slowest, according to SatelliteInternet.com. ByAngela Moscaritolo October 1, 2019 5:00AM EST Clocking an average speed of 113.6 Megabits per second (Mbps), the Atlanta suburb of Hampton, Georgia. boasts the fastest internet of any rural city in […]

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Inside The Movement To Improve Access To High-Speed Internet In Rural Areas

September 30, 20195:02 PM ETHeard on All Things Considered PAUL FLAHIVE FROM Broadband Internet is a fact of life for most Americans. But 21 million people do not have access to high-speed connections at all. In rural areas, there’s a move to improve the situation. AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: It’s time now for All Tech Considered. (SOUNDBITE […]

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Ecosystems for Social Impact: Complex software solutions in global development

Seminar Room – 12th Floor Today, 50% of the world’s population is still not connected to the Internet. Conversely, data, data processing (artificial intelligence), storage, decentralized networks, blockchain, etc…) and connectivity are all becoming essential in global development.  How do we navigate and design digital solutions in places lacking connectivity and ICT infrastructure? How do […]

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A Policymaker’s Guide to Broadband Competition

Doug Brake and Robert D. Atkinson September 3, 2019Policymakers should enable entry into the broadband market, but avoid undermining the dynamism of the sector by actively promoting additional competitors. Introduction How to Think About Competition The Two Models for Broadband Competition Municipal Broadband Intermodal and Cross-Platform Competition Net Neutrality and Competition Conclusion Endnotes INTRODUCTION Competition is a […]

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How are households actually using internet connectivity, and why does it matter?

More than a hundred million US households have fixed-line broadband access, generating tens of billions of dollars in yearly access charges, but there is surprisingly little reliable knowledge about online user behavior. Nonetheless, copious amounts of attention — not to mention subsidies and other government resources — are applied to Universal Service policies and other […]

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Most U.S. teens who use cellphones do it to pass time, connect with others, learn new things

BY KATHERINE SCHAEFFER Nearly all U.S. teens (95%) say they have access to a smartphone – and 45% say they are “almost constantly” on the internet. That amount of screen time has raised concerns from parents, educators and policymakers across the country, and even many teens worry they use their phone too much. So, what exactly are teens doing with their cellphones? The […]

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Pluralities in most emerging economies believe government should ensure equal internet access

BY MONICA ANDERSON Internet use is rising in emerging economies, but access to fast, reliable service remains elusive to many living in these nations. Some tech companies have been working to address this issue, as has the United Nations. But what role should the government play in getting all residents digitally connected? A median of 65% across 11 emerging economies say it is […]

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Digital Divide Policy Enters the National Conversation

 You’re reading the Benton Foundation’s Weekly Digest, a recap of the biggest (or most overlooked) telecommunications stories of the week. The digest is delivered via e-mail each Friday. Round-Up for the Week of August 12-16, 2019 As we highlighted last week, 2020 presidential candidates are starting to release policy proposals targeting the digital divide. This week, […]

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Domino’s Pizza is locked in a Legal battle over the future of web design

The pizza company has petitioned the Supreme Court to hear a three-year-old case that deals with whether Domino’s is legally required to make its websites and apps accessible to all users. BY KATHARINE SCHWAB, FAST COMPANY Should websites be accessible to everyone, including the blind? That’s the question at the center of an ongoing lawsuit against the […]