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

FCC Says Broadband Being Deployed on a Timely Basis, It’s Just Not Sure Where

Date: 27 Apr 2020 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The agency came to this conclusion despite years of concern over how the FCC’s flawed data collection method systematically overstates broadband coverage. “We need to do a better job collecting data,” FCC Chairman Ajit Pai admitted nearly three years ago, adding, “It’s often said that you can’t manage what you can’t measure.”… Read More

Broadband First Responders: Libraries, Schools, and ISPs Open Wi-Fi Hotspots to Connect Students for Remote Learning

Date: 26 Mar 2020 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Visitors to libraries across the country are being greeted with signs declaring, “Library Closed,” in an attempt to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. But increasingly, those words are followed by the ones seen outside Schlow Centre Region Library in State College, Pennsylvania: “Park for Free Wi-Fi.”… Read More

The Rural Tribal Priority Window: Expanding Internet Access to Empower Tribal Communities

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

On February 3rd, 2020, the FCC opened the 2.5 GHz Rural Tribal Priority Window, a six month period in which federally recognized Tribes or Alaska Native Villages have the opportunity to apply for licenses to unassigned spectrum over their Tribal lands….… Read More

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