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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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NTIA Creates First Interactive Map to Help Public See the Digital Divide Across the Country

Topics: Broadband National Broadband Availability Map FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 17, 2021 News Media Contact: NTIA, Office of Public Affairs, (202) 482-7002, [email protected] NTIA map links poverty usage and broadband access by compiling data sets to show where high-poverty communities are located with relation to internet usage patterns and access to computers and related equipment WASHINGTON – […]

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How Detroit residents are building their own internet

Faced with a stark digital divide, Detroit community groups are mobilizing to build an internet network block by blockByAaron Kalischer-Coggins | May 28, 2021 https://thehill.com/changing-america/video/555961-how-detroit-residents-are-building-their-own-internet?utm_source=sendgrid&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Newsletters Detroit has historically been one of the least connected cities in America, with about 40 percent of Detroit residents lacking any home internet access at all. Things are changing, though, […]

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Why Low-Cost Devices Matter for Broadband Policy

On May 12, the Federal Communications Commission launched its Emergency Broadband Benefit Program. The program was included as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, which was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump in December 2020 to provide relief during the pandemic. The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program is significant because it seeks […]

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THIS IS A MAP OF AMERICA’S BROADBAND PROBLEM

A county-by-county look at the broadband gapBy Russell Brandom and William Joel  May 10, 2021, 9:00am EDT IfIf broadband access was a problem before 2020, the pandemic turned it into a crisis. As everyday businesses moved online, city council meetings or court proceedings became near-inaccessible to anyone whose connection couldn’t support a Zoom call. Some school districts started providing Wi-Fi […]

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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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Universal Broadband: The Perpetual Problem

JEANINE KIM | APRIL 13, 2021 March again. Marking the one-year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic in the US, this month is a testament to both the strength of the American people and the relentless longevity of the pandemic. More, it is a glaring reminder of the failures in the government’s response to this public health crisis. […]

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With SpaceX winning RDOF funds, 2021 could be the year satellite broadband lifts off

by Linda Hardesty | Dec 30, 2020 6:00am In beta tests, Starlink customers pay $499 for equipment and installation. (Nasa.gov)ShareFacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint 2021 could be the year when the United States finally gets serious about closing the digital divide. And satellite might end up playing a big role. In early December, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published the results of […]

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FCC’s Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Auction Was Supposed to Significantly Reduce America’s Rural Broadband Gap

Communities Will Have to Contend with Broadband Uncertainty for Many Years to Come The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently completed its Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) auction. The goal of the auction was to bring to rural areas across the United States the same affordable and reliable broadband service enjoyed in many urban and suburban […]