Block Island to Build Rhode Island’s First City-Owned, Citywide Fiber Network

Date: 13 Aug 2020 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Late last month, voters in Block Island, Rhode Island’s sole town of New Shoreham gathered (at safe distances) in the local school building and on its grounds to approve $8 million in borrowing to build an island-wide, municipal fiber network. Residents were overwhelmingly in favor of funding the broadband network, which would be the first of its kind in the state.… Read More

Homework Gap Hits Communities of Color Harder

Date: 4 Aug 2020 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Millions of students do not have access to adequate connectivity, but Black, Latinx, and Native children are disproportionately impacted by the “homework gap.” One study found that children in one out of every three Black, Latinx, and Native American households did not have broadband access at home.… Read More

Is Your City Allowed to Close the Digital Divide During the Pandemic?

Date: 6 Jul 2020 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

As the pandemic drags on, local governments across the country are looking for ways to connect their residents. To help local officials and advocates figure out if their community is able to take action, we worked with the Local Solutions Support Center (LSSC) to develop a step-by-step guide.… Read More

Tell Your U.S. Representative to Support the Accessible, Affordable Internet for All Act

Date: 25 Jun 2020 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Yesterday, representatives in the U.S. House introduced the Accessible, Affordable Internet for All Act, which calls for the federal government to invest $100 billion to ensure all Americans have access to affordable, high-quality Internet access. Contact your House representative to ask them to support the Accessible, Affordable Internet for All Act and to sign on as a cosponsor.… Read More

New Paper Reveals Systemic Racism of Government Programs That Invest Only in Rural Internet

Date: 23 Jun 2020 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For years, federal and state governments have spent billions of dollars on efforts to build broadband networks in underserved rural communities while doing very little to bring home Internet access to unconnected Americans living in our nation’s cities. A new white paper, released recently by the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA), outlines how this policy decision has a racist impact — benefiting mainly white, non-Hispanic people while disadvantaging many Black Americans and people of color in urban areas, where the majority of unconnected households are.… Read More

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