Digital Inclusion Project in California Wins Award

Date: 1 Aug 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The city of Santa Monica’s efforts to shrink the digital divide ranks as one of the Top 25 Programs in American Government of 2017. That’s according to Harvard University’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, who names the top programs in governance based on innovation in government policy.… Read More

Declaring Independence in Detroit Through Equitable Internet Access

Date: 4 Jul 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On Independence Day, Americans celebrate the ingenuity, grit, and fortitude that led us to now. We’ve chosen this day to remember the decision to establish the United States as an independent country. Like other civilizations that have come and gone, America will always have times of honor and unbecoming moments in history, but its citizens have learned self-reliance — it’s in our DNA.… Read More

“Dividing Lines” Docu-Series Shows the Reality of Rotten Rural Connectivity

Date: 18 May 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

If you have fast, affordable, reliable Internet access, there’s a good chance you don’t live in rural America. With the exception of areas served by local municipal networks, cooperatives, and a few small independent ISPs, businesses and residents in rural areas suffer along with aging, slow, and often expensive connections. In a docu-series by Maria L. Smith, titled “Dividing Lines,” viewers get the opportunity to hear firsthand what it’s like for people who live in places where there is no high-quality connectivity. … Read More

Detailing the Urban-Rural Digital Divide in Georgia

Date: 24 Apr 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

At the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, we create maps analyzing publicly available data to show disparities in access and highlight possible solutions. We’ve recently taken an in-depth look at Georgia and want to share our findings with two revealing maps. According to the FCC’s 2018 Broadband Deployment Report, 29.1 percent of the state’s rural population lacks broadband access, but only 3 percent of the urban population shares the same problem. Cooperatives and small municipal networks are making a difference in several of these rural communities.… Read More

North Carolina Cities Group Releases Report Advocating for Community-Based Internet Access

Date: 3 Apr 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The North Carolina League of Municipalities (NCLM) released a report in March with several recommendations designed to help the state boost connectivity for residents, businesses, and organizations. The report dedicates time describing different public-private partnership models and the elements that make them distinct. In recent years, the term has been used to describe a broad spectrum of arrangements. We’ve highlighted partnerships in places like Westminster, Maryland, and Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, where both partners invest and share in risk and reward.… Read More

Grassroots Group Forming to Take Action on Broadband in Massachusetts City

Date: 13 Mar 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Upgrade Cambridge is a newly-formed grassroots broadband group that seeks to address one of the highest concerns of citizens in the city: broadband access. The new group will be used as a way to share information and spread the word about their initiative for a publicly owned fiber optic network.… Read More

Arlington, Virginia Bridges the Digital Divide

Date: 5 Jan 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

People living at the Arlington Mill Residences in Arlington, Virginia, are on track to obtain no-cost high-quality connectivity this fall, likely through the ConnectArlington network. The initiative is an example of how one local community plans to use its publicly owned Internet infrastructure to … Read More

Federal Communications Commission Complaint Reveals AT&T is Accused of Digital Redlining in Detroit

Date: 18 Oct 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In Detroit, AT&T is facing a formal FCC complaint accusing the telecom giant of deploying discriminatory “digital redlining” tactics. This is the second such complaint filed against the telecommunications giant since the first of the year. NDIA’s report does not specifically invoke race or ethnicity— opting for the phrasing ‘lower-income neighborhoods’. The socio-economic realities of these communities, a result of the banking industries mid-century redlining tactics, has become the impetus for new types of discriminatory investment in these same areas.… Read More

Cleveland Residents File Discrimination Complaint Against AT&T

Date: 1 Sep 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Large, corporate providers like AT&T have to make shareholders happy, which is why they shy way from investing in regions where they don’t expect much profit. Routinely, those areas include sparsely populated rural communities and urban neighborhoods traditionally considered low-income. … Read More

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