John Mclean is on a limited budget and is eligible for service at PCs for People, a nonprofit that sells refurbished computers and discounted internet. He’s helped by Fabian Vazquez, a customer service rep for the nonprofit, on September 4, 2019 at the retail store on Alameda Ave. (Tamara Chuang, The Colorado Sun) “The cruel irony of the digital divide” …

Warren pledges to guarantee farm income, control supply

08/07/19 By Philip Brasher, Agri-Pulse. Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren wants to put the federal government back in the business of managing commodity supplies in order to guarantee that farmers won’t lose money on their crops, a long-abandoned policy known as “parity.” The Massachusetts senator’s plan would build on USDA’s existing loan and conservation programs to take land out of production and …

Lack of broadband puts tribal, rural areas ‘in jeopardy,’ lawmakers told

Havasupai Councilwoman Ophelia Watahomigie-Corliss said her tribe has made some progress on internet connectivity but it – like other residents of rural areas – is in danger of being left behind without broadband. (Photo by Miranda Faulkner/Cronkite News) By Miranda Faulkner | Cronkite News Thursday, July 11, 2019 WASHINGTON – The Havasupai tribe is falling behind in education, health and emergency …

Chicago transit agency expands free Wi-Fi to all downtown subway stations

Katie Pyzyk Smart Cities Dive, May 13, 2019 The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) has expanded the number of subway stations offering free Wi-Fi. All downtown Red Line and Blue Line platforms now have Wi-Fi. Adding service at the 18 stations cost $1 million. CTA first added public Wi-Fi in January, at one station, with the intention for expansion throughout the year. Most of …

Affordable/Public Housing Digital Inclusion Blueprint

Thu, May 2, 2019 | Posted by Lisa Gonzalez Report: San Francisco’s Public Housing Low-Cost Gig and How They Did It With Monkeybrains Local communities continue to search for ways to tackle the digital divide and in San Francisco, the city is making strides by working with a local Internet access company. The City by the Bay and ISP Monkeybrains have adopted a …

Municipal broadband internet: The next public utility?

Initiatives across the country seem to be gaining steam as cities look to encourage equitable access — but pitfalls around cost and taxpayer risk remain. By Chris Teale, Smart Cities Dive, March 5, 2019 As the need for equitable internet access becomes increasingly important to leaders, some cities are taking matters into their own hands and setting up municipally owned and operated …

What cities and the executive branch should be doing to get to good, fair internet access for everyone. Book review: Fiber: The Coming Tech Revolution — And Why America Might Miss It.

What cities should be doing? We celebrate Chattanooga and Lafayette and Wilson…so many of these cities that are heroes now have depended on their existing municipal electric utilities as a first step towards breeding fiber, but there are only a few thousand cities in the United States that have a municipal electric facility available, so there has to be a broader …

State Laws Slow Down High-Speed Internet for Rural America

State Laws Slow Down High-Speed Internet for Rural America, April Simpson, Pew Charitable Trust STATELINE ARTICLE January 11, 2019 Topics: Budget,Economy,Federal Impact & Social Issues  Electric cooperatives want to help bridge the digital divide between rural and urban America as more federal funding becomes available for rural broadband. But a 77-year-old law may prevent one of the nation’s poorest states from fully tapping into millions of …

Public broadband network action

Grant County, Oregon’s Digital Network Coalition is moving forward on plans to improve connectivity and closing the digital divide in the area. The year-old coalition is working toward deploying a fiber optic network that will connect public facilities, homes, and businesses along the fiber route. Congratulations to Dalton, Georgia’s OptiLink for becoming the first municipal network in the state to offer residential …

City platform example from Vancover

“We’ll never get what we need, unless we ask for it.” — Jean Swanson https://www.votecope2018.ca/platform_summary Tax the Mega Rich to Help the Rest of Us “Mansion Tax”: add an extra tax on properties worth over $5 million to generate about $1 billion over four years to end homelessness, fund public housing, and start restoring indigenous land “Big business” tax: lower commercial …