Items tagged "Broadband Connects America"
Why Rural Communities of Color Are Left Behind: A Call for Intersectional Demographic Broadband DataOctober 19, 2018 Broadband Connects America , FCC , Racial Justice , Rural Broadband Access , Rural Digital Divide
I spent many weekends and summers at my grandmother’s house, a humble home down a long, dirt road outside of the town of Hazlehurst, Georgia. As a teenager and undergraduate student, a time when many of us are far too social, I knew a visit to my grandmother’s house meant an unwanted digital detox. Instead, I enjoyed the tranquility of sitting on the porch as mosquitoes buzzed by or I accompanied my grandmother in the living room as she watched reruns of Bonanza. I found other things to do with my time and not because I enjoyed being disconnected; it was because AT&T’s (during some of those years it was Cingular Wireless) cell reception was non-existent. In 2018, I now have one or two bars that sometimes allow me to make a call or text to a friend when I’m visiting; however, full access to the internet solely with my wireless connection is just not possible.Read More
I Live 50 Miles from Silicon Valley and I Can’t Get Broadband AccessSeptember 6, 2018 Broadband Access , Broadband Connects America , Digital Divide , FCC , Rural Access
In Swanton, California, just over 50 miles outside of tech Mecca Silicon Valley, my family can’t get reliable internet. Though affordability remains the number one barrier to internet adoption, we don’t lack connection because of a budget crunch. Instead, we lack access because we live in a rural area and carriers like ours, AT&T, have stopped investing and maintaining internet infrastructure in less populated areas.Read More
Groups Launch Broadband Connects America Coalition to End Rural Digital DivideSeptember 6, 2018 Broadband Connects America , Broadband Privacy , Digital Divide , FCC , Rural Access
Today, Public Knowledge Foundation joined 17 other organizations to form the Broadband Connects America coalition. The Coalition is comprised of a wide range of consumer, rural, and social justice organizations committed to closing the digital divide. Coinciding with today’s launch, Broadband Connects America released the Principles to Connect Rural America — five principles to serve as a foundation for policymakers and advocates to promote policies that work to bring broadband to millions of rural Americans.Read More