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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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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 […]

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ITIF’s Analysis of Broadband and Affordability Misses the Mark

The COVID-19 pandemic has put the digital divide on policymakers’ agenda like never before. It is challenging them to find solutions that meet the urgency of the crisis while building a foundation for sustainable progress over time. This means that policymakers will want to build on lessons learned and explore new approaches. A few ideas […]

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Partnering to combat the digital divide with a searchable, interactive Wi-Fi map

American Connection Project organizations launch an interactive tool for users to locate more than 2,300 free Wi-Fi locations in 49 states ARDEN HILLS, MINN. (October 20, 2020) – Several partner organizations today announced the launch of the American Connection Project (ACP) interactive Wi-Fi map. The map provides a free resource to help the public locate more than […]

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59% of U.S. parents with lower incomes say their child may face digital obstacles in schoolwork

BY EMILY A. VOGELS Communities across the United States are facing challenges of remote learning as K-12 schools have shifted to online classes or been forced to go remote after students or staff tested positive for COVID-19 early in the term. Many of these schools faced similar problems in the spring. A new analysis of Pew Research Center data collected in early April finds that 59% of parents with lower […]

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COVID-19 lockdowns expose the digital have-nots in rural areas – here’s which policies can get them connected

September 2, 2020 8.24am EDT Authors Brian WhitacreProfessor and Neustadt Chair in Agricultural Economics, Oklahoma State University Roberto GallardoDirector of the Purdue Center for Regional Development, Purdue University Disclosure statement Brian Whitacre receives funding from USDA Rural Utilities Service, USDA Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Regional Rural Development Centers, Institute […]

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17 Million Students Lack Home Internet. With No Relief From Congress in Sight, Schools Deploy an Awkward Mix of Buses, Mobile Hotspots to Get Them Online

(Central Kitsap School District) Distance learning starts in two weeks in Washington’s Central Kitsap School District, and Debbie Bryan, director of information services and technology, still isn’t sure how she’s going to connect students in some of the district’s more remote areas to the internet. It’s not for a lack of technology, she explained: The […]

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Is the US about to split the internet?

By James ClaytonNorth America technology reporter 7 August 2020 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he wants a “clean” internet. What he means by that is he wants to remove Chinese influence, and Chinese companies, from the internet in the US. But critics believe this will bolster a worrying movement towards the breaking up […]

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Millions of Americans Depend on Libraries for Internet. Now They’re Closed

Coronavirus From big cities to tiny towns, librarians are getting scrappy to meet the needBy Lauren KirchnerJune 25, 2020 10:00 ET A sign displayed on the lawn of West Dennis Library in Massachusetts, on March 18.John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe/Getty Images Copy LinkCopied!Republish On a typical afternoon in The Before Times, the Cherokee Public Library in Cherokee, Iowa […]

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Solarium Report Eclipsed By Pandemic

Published on March 20, 2020 Dale Peterson A Ebook version of the full reporthttp://online.fliphtml5.com/gnel/amqq/ The long awaited U.S. Cyberspace Solarium Commission Report came out and received very little attention given more pressing pandemic events. And this is a good thing. I’ll provide some critique and then, to be fair, provide my two-part prescription for this difficult question. […]