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The digital divide is real and it’s painful

Beth LisogorskyFollowAug 2 · 2 min read If our founding fathers had access to Internet back when our great nation came to be, I’m pretty sure “the right to Internet, regardless of your economic status” would have been on the roster of important amendments. It might have even started as a parking lot item, before finding its way to the […]

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How the US’ massive failure to close digital divide got exposed by coronavirus

By Will Carless / June 22, 2020 It’s a normal lockdown morning for Alexis and his 9-year-old daughter, Eva. They’re huddled in front of Alexis’ cellphone and a laptop. Father and daughter urge the two machines to forge a decent connection and deliver the internet to the laptop. “Waiting and waiting and waiting,” Eva says.  “It’s very slow,” […]

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The digital divide in times of pandemic

The Cellular Operators Association of India shows that the average data consumption has increased by 30 percent as a result of the lockdownBy TPT Bureau | Agencies -May 21, 20200 As nationwide lockdowns have constrained and minimized the physical mobility and interactions of people, the virtual world has gained greater prominence in our everyday life. Stringent measures leading to […]

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Libraries and Schools Are Bridging the Digital Divide During the Coronavirus Pandemic

By James K. WillcoxApril 29, 2020177 SHARES Stay-at-home policies have made the web critical for tasks such as schoolwork, applying for unemployment benefits, and consulting with doctors. But millions of Americans lack reliable broadband access. Libraries, schools, and businesses are taking creative steps to expand WiFi networks in underserved neighborhoods. These measures are effective but temporary, […]

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The Distance Learning Gap in California

Today we launched a new report that examines the distance learning gap among K-12 households in CA. This is similar to a previous report which was limited to Los Angeles county. The new report is attached, and the key findings are pasted below. We also built an interactive map that helps visualize the data: http://arcg.is/10mb9T. I would appreciate […]

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A new chance to close the digital divide

The coronavirus outbreak shows the depth of phone and broadband problems faced by the most vulnerable people. It’s time for fresh ideas to bridge the gap. By The Editorial BoardUpdated April 26, 2020, 4:00 a.m.9 Susan Morley runs the behavioral health clinic at the South Middlesex Opportunity Council, a nonprofit agency that serves poor people in Framingham. When […]

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Digital divide ‘isolates and endangers’ millions of UK’s poorest

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/28/digital-divide-isolates-and-endangers-millions-of-uk-poorest?utm_source=sendgrid&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Newsletters Charities warn of ‘devastating effect’ as most vulnerable households left without access to web Supported byAbout this content Annie Kelly Tue 28 Apr 2020 13.25 BSTLast modified on Tue 28 Apr 2020 20.05 BST Lockdown is creating a stark digital divide in the UK, with 1.9 million households with no access to the internet and tens of millions […]

accessibility Covid-19 Digital Divide

A new chance to close the digital divide

The coronavirus outbreak shows the depth of phone and broadband problems faced by the most vulnerable people. It’s time for fresh ideas to bridge the gap. By The Editorial BoardUpdated April 26, 2020, 4:00 a.m.8 Susan Morley runs the behavioral health clinic at the South Middlesex Opportunity Council, a nonprofit agency that serves poor people in Framingham. When […]

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The Other Homework Gap: Post-Secondary Education During COVID-19

The homework gap has become a common phrase amongst those invested in broadband equality and digital inclusion in the United States. Popularized by Federal Communications  Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, the term captures the idea that the shift to online education, exemplified by online homework, leaves millions of students unable to do their assignments. Put bluntly, some students have access […]

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Coronavirus Sparks New Interest in Bridging Digital Divides

Advocates and government staffers in the broadband and digital equity space say there is a renewed interest in supporting their work, with shelter-at-home orders emphasizing the need to bridge digital divides.BY ZACK QUAINTANCE / APRIL 6, 2020SHUTTERSTOCK/PIOTR ZAJDA Maine lawmakers recently approved a bond package with $15 million to expand broadband in the state, by a lopsided vote […]