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Internet Subsidy Gives $50 A Month Discounts For Low-Income Americans

May 12, 20217:04 PM ET VANESSA ROMOTwitter The pandemic has underscored the importance of having a reliable internet connection, with adults dependent on it for work and young people reliant on it for their education.Nam Y. Huh/AP Financially strapped American families are now eligible for an emergency discount on their internet service under a COVID-19 […]

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BroadbandNow Estimates Availability for all 50 States; Confirms that More than 42 Million Americans Do Not Have Access to Broadband

Written by  John Busby  Julia Tanberk  Tyler Cooper  May 12, 2021 Last year, we manually checked availability of more than 11,000 addresses using Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Form 477 data as the “source of truth.” Based on the results, we estimated that 42 million Americans do not have the ability to purchase broadband internet. In […]

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A4AI sees electricity as precondition for connectivity

By Adeyemi Adepetun05 May 2021   |   Alliance for Affordable InternetAlliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) has called on nations to prioritise electricity, stressing that it is a precondition for connectivity.A4AI said roughly 940 million people, about 13 per cent of the global population, don’t have access to electricity and many more face regular disruptions. It […]

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Internet Society Foundation Announces Second Round of Digital Skills Grants

Grants of up to $150,000 for eligible organizations in Bangladesh, Colombia and SenegalMay 04, 2021 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time RESTON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Internet Society Foundation has launched a second round of grant funding through its SCILLS programme to support digital skills development. In its second year, the Strengthening Communities, Improving Lives and Livelihoods (SCILLS) programme aims […]

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Internet: ‘Equal society means broadband access for all’

By Chris WoodBBC News The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted large inequalities in society. One that Helen Tinsley would like to see tackled is the digital divide. Helen, who is retired and from Cardiff, sees the impact on children, jobseekers, older people, as well as people in different parts of the country. Ahead of the Senedd […]

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Singapore will work with UN member states to bridge digital divide: Iswaran

Yuen Sin PUBLISHED5 HOURS AGO FACEBOOKTWITTER SINGAPORE – While Covid-19 has accelerated the pace of digital transformation around the world, it has also heightened the risk of divisions between “the digital haves and have-nots,” said Minister for Communications and Information S. Iswaran on Tuesday (April 27). Singapore will continue to work closely with the member […]

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Ottawa’s move to regulate video posts on YouTube and social media called ‘assault’ on free speech

https://nationalpost.com/news/politics/ottawas-move-to-regulate-video-posts-on-youtube-and-social-media-called-assault-on-free-speech Critics say if the Bill C-10 amendment is really meant to control the online posting of unlicensed music, TV and movies, a copyright approach would be the proper mechanismAuthor of the article:Anja Karadeglija The Liberal-dominated House of Commons Heritage committee has cleared the way for the federal government to regulate video content on internet […]

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It’s 2021. Why is Redlining Still Happening?

By  Jenna Leventoff  April 26, 2021 Broadband Access, Digital Divide, Digital Redlininghttps://www.publicknowledge.org/blog/its-2021-why-is-redlining-still-happening/?utm_campaign=Newsletters&utm_source=sendgrid&utm_medium=email A lot of people who live in low-income or marginalized communities — including urban, rural and Tribal communities — can tell you that they have super slow broadband (if they even have it at all). Meanwhile, just a few blocks away, a hamlet over, or just outside the […]

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It Will Take a Lot More Than Money to Fix the Digital Divide

Joe Biden’s goal to get internet to every American is a lot tougher than it looks. BY AARON MAKAPRIL 22, 20215:50 AM https://slate.com/technology/2021/04/joe-biden-internet-infrastructure-broadband-digital-divide-challenges.html?utm_source=sendgrid&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Newsletters When the world locked down a year ago, the internet suddenly became many people’s only portal to services, goods, and one another. They may not have felt like it at the time, but […]

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You May Have Internet Access, But Millions Do Not

THOSE PUSHING FOR BROADBAND ACCESS IN UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES INCLUDE THE NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE AND REP. JIM CLYBURN.     PHOTO BY PATRICK T. FALLONBY DONNA OWENS · APRIL 7, 2021 Whether it’s a Zoom call for work, online classes for students, telehealth consultations, E-commerce, or staying connected to family and friends, digital access has become even more critical […]