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How Americans Have Used — and Struggled With — the Internet During the Pandemic

 You’re reading the Benton Institute for Broadband & Society’s Weekly Digest, a recap of the biggest (or most overlooked) broadband stories of the week. The digest is delivered via e-mail each Friday. This week, guest authors Lee Rainie and Colleen McClain of Pew Research Center guide us through the results of a recent survey on how Americans have used […]

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NTIA Creates First Interactive Map to Help Public See the Digital Divide Across the Country

Topics: Broadband National Broadband Availability Map FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 17, 2021 News Media Contact: NTIA, Office of Public Affairs, (202) 482-7002, [email protected] NTIA map links poverty usage and broadband access by compiling data sets to show where high-poverty communities are located with relation to internet usage patterns and access to computers and related equipment WASHINGTON – […]

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Gearing Up to Connect Minority Communities

Submitted on June 17, 2021 Friday, June 18, 2021  You’re reading the Benton Institute for Broadband & Society’s Weekly Digest, a recap of the biggest (or most overlooked) broadband stories of the week. The digest is delivered via e-mail each Friday. Round-Up for the Week of June 14-18, 2021 On June 15, the U.S. Department […]

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Make Broadband More Affordable and Accessible for All Americans

BY JONATHAN SCHWANTESJune 15, 2021 at 5:00 am ET It has been more than a year since the world was confronted with a devastating virus that dramatically altered the way we live, work and communicate. Today it is clearer than ever how much we depend on a fast, reliable internet connection. But getting online for millions […]

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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 […]