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Why Digital Equity Is About So Much More Than Access and Infrastructure By Beth Holland     Nov 30, 2021 TWEETSHAREEMAIL With the ambitious goal of closing the digital divide, Congress approved and President Biden recently signed into law $65 billion for broadband infrastructure—the largest federal investment in history. While this new legislation should absolutely be celebrated, we must recognize it as only a critical first step toward digital […]

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Colleges Are Providing Tech to Students to Shrink the Digital Divide

By Rebecca Koenig     Oct 28, 2021 TWEETSHAREEMAIL When colleges in the California State University system sent students home from campus in spring 2020, it quickly became clear that some students lacked reliable access to the internet or computers through which to participate in their pandemic-era emergency remote courses. Institutions did what they could to help […]

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The Digital Divide is Real—And It’s Sexist

 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 November 11-15, 2021 For many, the digital divide is the gap between who has access to broadband infrastructure […]

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To Close the Digital Divide, Congress Must Also Close the Device Divide

BY JENNA LEVENTOFFOctober 7, 2021 at 5:00 am ET You are probably reading this on your computer, or maybe on your tablet. If so, consider yourself lucky – 1 in 10 people living in this country didn’t have a computer as of 2016. The “device divide” is one of the top reasons why individuals aren’t connected to the […]

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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 […]

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During COVID-19 pandemic, gap in internet access fuels inequality among students worldwide

Ian Laird, Shaibalina Choudhury and DC BenincasaUniversity of Missouri/India Blooms Each year, students from the University of Missouri work with students from India on joint story projects that link their two countries. This year’s stories deal with how various industries are faring in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The project was overseen by Laura […]

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The internet is excluding Asian-Americans who don’t speak English

For millions of people on the wrong side of America’s language gap, technology is creating barriers rather than removing  Tate Ryan-Mosleyarchive May 4, 2021MS TECH | GETTY, PIXELSQUID Jennifer Xiong spent her summer helping Hmong people in California register to vote in the US presidential election. The Hmong are an ethnic group that […]

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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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It’s 2021. Why is Redlining Still Happening?

By  Jenna Leventoff  April 26, 2021 Broadband Access, Digital Divide, Digital Redlining 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 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 […]