Working to Expand Diversity and Digital Empowerment in America

Lexington, KY. (July 23, 2019) – Digital inclusion is a cornerstone of Connected Nation’s mission to bring broadband (high-speed internet) access to all people — no matter where they live or where they began. The nonprofit’s Director of Digital Inclusion, Heather Gate, has worked for the last 13 years to help ensure that minority groups, women and children, and other …

Digital Divide: Lack of Internet Access May Affect Homework and Student Performance

Published by Macomb Daily on July 1st, 2019 By Norb Franz During the Great Recession, the demand for use of computers at the Warren Public Library was so high, patrons were limited to 30-minute sessions. Residents who had lost their jobs, cancelled internet service because they could no longer afford it or didn’t have a computer at home, desperately relied …

CAPITO, KLOBUCHAR LEGISLATION TO IMPROVE BROADBAND CONNECTIVITY PASSES SENATE

The following press release was issued on Sen. Shelley Moore Capito’s website on June 6, 2019  Update: As of June 10, 2019, the bill was referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.  Click here to the follow the latest on this bill. Bipartisan bill would call for a study of the effects of broadband deployment, adoption on the U.S. …

The UN wants to connect every adult in the world by 2030

The following was published in c|net on June 10, 2019  by Dhara Singh  Half the world still doesn’t have access to the internet, says UN Secretary-General António Guterres. At a time when countries are feuding over tariffs and trade agreements, Melinda Gates and Alibaba CEO Jack Ma feel optimistic that international cooperation will bridge the digital divide. The hope is that global collaboration …

AmeriCorps Digital Inclusion Computer Classes Offered at Libraries

Bowling Green, KY. (June 3, 2019) – For the months of June and July the AmeriCorps Digital Inclusion Initiative will host classes on computers and technology at the Southwest Harbor Public library and the Bass Harbor Memorial Library. The classes are for anyone who wants to learn basic computer skills, how to use different software programs as well as how to keep …

Looking at digital literacy through different lenses: Access and adoption, design, and digital equity

Published by Generocity on May 31, 2019 By Zarl Tarazona  When it comes to digital literacy, the issues of access, adoption, inclusion and equity need to be a part of the conversation. The digital divide — the gap between those who have access to technology and those who don’t — is often the hot topic within discussions about digital literacy. …

FCC to hold big 5G auction, spend $20B for rural internet

Published by AP News on April 12th, 2019 By Tali Arbel NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. government will hold a massive auction to bolster 5G service , the next generation of mobile networks, and plans to spend $20 billion to expand broadband access in rural areas. 5G will mean faster wireless speeds and has implications for technologies like self-driving …

Senator Murray, Senate Democrats Introduce New Legislation to Tackle Nationwide Digital Equity Gap

The following press release comes from the office of Senator Patty Murray It was published on April 11, 2019  Led by Senator Murray, Senate Democrats introduced the Digital Equity Act of 2019 to help close the digital divide impacting communities across the nation  The Digital Equity Act builds on recent efforts to increase access to broadband by prioritizing “digital inclusion”—activities that seek to provide …

Computer Classes offered at libraries

Published by Mount Desert Islander on April 1st, 2019 MOUNT DESERT ISLAND — Three libraries on Mount Desert Island are hosting a series of free classes about computers and technology. Topics include basic computer skills, common software programs, social media and online safety. The program is in collaboration with the AmeriCorps Digital Inclusion Initiative. At the Southwest Harbor Public Library …

State allows electric co-ops to sell broadband

Published by The Union Recorder on March 3rd, 2019 By Jill Nolin CNHI State Reporter   ATLANTA – State lawmakers agreed to give electric cooperatives a shot at providing high-speed internet service in rural Georgia, signing off on a proposal Tuesday after three years of debate. The state’s 41 electric membership corporations will be given the authority to provide broadband service, …