Browsing articles tagged with " digital divide"
Mar
8
2010

Let’s Talk Solutions

I don’t think anyone is surprised by the two broadband-related studies released in the last several days.  An FCC survey concluded “affordability” is one of the main reasons why nearly one-third of Americans do not have broadband at home.  And the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies found “lower income groups continue to lag in their internet use.”   Don’t get me wrong.  Research is helpful, but we need to move on to the solutions. […]

Dec
3
2009

Daily Digest 12_3_09

Give children some broadband with that apple juice The allocation of broadband stimulus funds are being widely debated, and it seems like a lot of people are weighing in on how those funds are being used. I came across an article that talks about a program to offer discounts for broadband service to all the children that qualify for the National School Lunch program. I applaud the idea, but consider this: the odds that these […]

Nov
17
2009

Second-Class Students

Imagine the outrage from parents, teachers, and the community if a school announced that some of its students would have access to textbooks, research papers, and literature, but other students would be denied those resources.  Some students would be branded as worthy, while others as second class. It baffles me that broadband Internet access in our schools is not seen as such as concern. However, it is encouraging to hear that this digital divide is […]

Nov
17
2009

Newsworthy

Between health care reform, climate bills and war-related news, some important ideas in Congress are not getting as much attention as they deserve.    I just wanted to bring a little more notice to bi-partisan draft language submitted by Reps. Rick Boucher of Virginia and Lee Terry of Nebraska “to curb waste in the Universal Service Fund (USF) and shift money from phone to Internet service in areas on the wrong side of the digital divide.” […]

Oct
21
2009

Who Can We Trust?

Public Knowledge, an organization representing what I would call “digital elites,” has joined with other elite activist groups to push the FCC to adopt so-called Net Neutrality rules.  To do this, Public Knowledge uses carefully chosen words like “neutrally,” “openness” and “discrimination.” I find myself wondering whether they have any idea what these words mean.  As they insist that net neutrality will benefit minorities, I have serious doubts. First, Public Knowledge suggests that our civil […]

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