Broadband-Infrastructure Bill Centers Affordability and Equity

March 2021 WASHINGTON – Rep. James Clyburn (D–South Carolina) reintroduced the Accessible, Affordable Internet for All Act (AAIA). He first unveiled the legislation last June and the House of Representatives passed it in July as part of the Moving Forward Act. The AAIA is expected to move in tandem with broader infrastructure proposals emanating from the House and the Biden administration. …

Broader goals for USDOT: How do we make sure everyone in America, regardless of the neighborhood they live in, has the opportunity to get to jobs that best fit their skills and gets them the opportunity to succeed?

https://www.rollcall.com/2021/02/23/buttigieg-makes-equity-a-top-priority-for-dot/ excerpt “This is not what a DOT secretary sounds like,” said Adie Tomer, head of the Metropolitan Infrastructure Initiative at the Brookings Institution. “Buttegieg is focusing on broader shared goals: How do we make sure everyone in America, regardless of the neighborhood they live in, has the opportunity to get to jobs that best fit their skills and gets …

community-scaled Internet service providers are far more effective at delivering fast, affordable, and reliable Internet access

Access to high-quality broadband is more important than ever, but monopoly control of essential public service leaves many disconnected, underserved, or paying too much for substandard service. Recommended: Removing state laws that discourage or prevent local governments from building or partnering for broadband networks. Supporting a diverse range of locally-based solutions, including municipal broadband networks, partnerships between communities and locally-owned companies, …

Searching for and Developing Democracy and Co-Management Instead of Feudalism in Online Communities

Nathan Schneider, UC-Boulder, Feudalism in online communities, https://mediarxiv.org/sf432/ Online Communities Are Still Catching Up to My Mother’s Garden Club, by Nathan Schneider, January 9th 2021  If you’re interesting in probing implicit feudalism and the alternatives to it, I have been writing a series of research articles full of resources for further reading. Each introduces a relevant concept: “implicit feudalism,” “effective …

Can companies like SpaceX finally bring broadband to thousands of rural Coloradans?

Unserved rural homes and businesses may finally get broadband thanks to $250 million in federal spending. But after looking at the maps, some have their doubts the money will reach its goal Tamara Chuang4:03 AM MST on Dec 10, 2020 Credibility: Original Reporting Sources Cited Elon Musk’s SpaceX is coming to Colorado. Sort of. The California aerospace firm was among …

Affordable, Accessible Internet for All Act: $100 billion to connect the 18-41 million Americans without broadband

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) estimates there are 18.3 million Americans who lack access to fixed broadband in the United States that meets minimum Internet access speed of 25/3 Megabits per second (Mbps). However, as we have reported numerous times here and discussed in various podcasts, the FCC maps almost certainly overstate actual broadband coverage. Some studies indicate the FCC is undercounting the …

19 Million Americans Still Don’t Have Broadband

Jan 2021 – Inside Climate News – In 2010, the FCC released the National Broadband Plan to assist broadband development. Ten years ago, approximately 84.5 million households had subscribed to fixed broadband services, and in 2018, the number of households had increased to nearly 110.6 million. Still, the goals of the plan remain unmet — approximately 19 million Americans still don’t have access to fixed broadband, according to the …

Students disappeared from classes when they lost internet. A rural Colorado school district’s creativity got them back online. Alamosa School District saw no end to the growing digital divide, as parents lost jobs. Then the community came together for a temporary solution. by Tamara Chuang, Colorado Sun, Jan 7, 2021 Marsha Cody calls it a “Christmas miracle.” Two days before …

Telehealth just needs widespread broadband

Telehealth’s future is bright. Here’s what it’ll look like in 2025: COVID-19 could prove to be telemedicine’s watershed moment. Fast Company, Dec 2020 You’re sitting at the table eating dinner when you receive a notification. A woman wearing a light blue top fills the screen of your phone with a video message. “Hello, this is Diane in Dr. Halpern’s office,” …

Share a wi-fi connection to lower costs

Ryan Scribner suggests this tactic for savings. “These days, there are long-range routers and even signal boosters that make this a feasible option. If you don’t need maximum speeds, you could slip an internet plan with your neighbor, assuming you live close by…why are we all paying for internet?” Sharing Wi-Fi might bridge the digital divide. Participating in the Open Wireless Movement can be …