San Antonio Using City Infrastructure to Connect 20,000 Students in Need

Date: 18 Aug 2020 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A new initiative in San Antonio, Texas, called Connected Beyond the Classroom, which will begin launching over the next weeks, will leverage city-owned fiber infrastructure and $27 million in CARES Act funds to connect 20,000 students across the city’s 50 most-vulnerable neighborhoods in a bid to close the digital divide and ensure teachers, students, and their parents can continue to learn this fall and beyond.… Read More

“We Can’t Build It and Just Assume People Will Come”: Digital Inclusion and Equity Today

Date: 11 Aug 2020 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Today on the podcast we welcome Angela Siefer and Craig Settles. Together, they untangle the long history of broadband subsidies and racial bias, and how that has come to influence who has affordable connection options today. They also talk about the current stage of telehealth and the ramifications of the Digital Equity Act since its adoption a year ago.… 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

Chattanooga Uses Municipal Network to Give Students Free Internet Connections

Date: 30 Jul 2020 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Yesterday in an announcement via livestream, the city of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Hamilton County Schools, and the fiber arm of municipal utility Electric Power Board (EPB) announced a partnership to provide free Internet access and hardware to the 17,700 homes with school children on free or reduced lunch programs in the county.… 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