Digital Divide

Public libraries are increasing their role in community broadband adoption, according to a recent National Digital Alliance Inclusion report.
High-speed broadband isn?t being deployed in a ?reasonable and timely fashion,? according to Chairman Wheeler?s draft of the 2016 Broadband Progress Report.
According to a new Pew study, home broadband subscriptions declined for the first time ever in 2015, down from 70% in 2013 to 67% this year, mainly due to monthly costs.
The elected leaders urged the FCC ensure the Lifeline program meets its goal of connecting low-income households with modern communications services. In modernizing the program to include broadband the FCC must reject co-payment schemes and program caps that would depress participation, and it must embrace customer choice by supporting fixed voice services and wireless voice services along with broadband services.
The Intergovernmental Advisory Committee filed comments in support of the FCC?s proposal to update the Lifeline program to include broadband, agreeing that high-speed Internet is a modern communications necessity.
The bipartisan bill aims to increase out-of-school access to digital learning resources.
CWA and the AFL-CIO, civil rights groups, public interest and consumer organizations, education advocates and library associations all filed comments at the FCC urging the agency to modernize the low-income subsidy program to support broadband services, quality standards, and to establish a neutral third-party eligibility verifier.
The joint Reply Comments support the FCC's proposal to update the Lifeline program and offer specific recommendations to promote the affordability of broadband services for low-income families.
Relying on data from the 2014 American Community Survey, the National Digital Inclusion Alliance released rankings for the 25 cities with the most households without Internet access.
Verizon is reneging on its commitment to bring its all-fiber FiOS network to New Jersey?s poorest cities, according to the mayors of Newark and Jersey City.