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NDIA, CWA, Public Knowledge file brief in case regarding FCC's 5G preemptionNDIA, Communications Workers of America, and Public Knowledge submitted a "friend of the Court" brief in a lawsuit seeking to overturn a Federal Communications Commission order that preempts municipal authority over the use of public property for 5G wireless deployments.Digital Inclusion News, Policy PositionsNon-FCC Agency Comments/Legal BriefsPolicy Positions5GBill Callahanhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2019/06/18/ndia-cwa-public-knowledge-file-brief-in-case-vs-fccs-5g-preemption/
Smart Cities and Digital EquitySome Cities Have Found Ways to Pursue Both, but Federal Policy May Hinder ProgressDigital Inclusion NewsWhite PapersPolicy PositionsSmart CitiesJohn B. Horrigan, PhDhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2019/06/12/smart-cities-and-digital-equity/
FCC broadband report ignores affordability issueThe new report's findings have been called "fundamentally at odds with reality" by Commissioner Starks, while Commissioner Rosenworcel has said the report "deserves a failing grade". NDIA is forced to agree with these harsh assessments.Digital Inclusion News, Policy PositionsBlog PostsPolicy PositionsAngela Sieferhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2019/05/30/fcc-broadband-report-ignores-affordability-issue/
Senator Murray introduces Digital Equity Act of 2019In a major development for community digital inclusion advocates, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) today introduced the "Digital Equity Act", which would authorize more than $1 billion in Federal grant funding over the next five years to support digital inclusion programs throughout U.S. states and territories.Digital Inclusion News, Policy PositionsBlog PostsPolicy PositionsFunding for Digital InclusionBill Callahanhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2019/04/11/senator-murray-introduces-digital-equity-act-of-2019/
Net Inclusion 2019 Live Stream LinksThe following are links to the live streamed plenary and break-out sessions from Charlotte, NC during Net Inclusion 2019.Digital Inclusion NewsOnline MediaDigital Inclusion GuidanceDigital Inclusion - GeneralAndrew Doanhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2019/04/09/net-inclusion-2019-live-stream-links/
National Digital Inclusion Alliance Names Casey Sorensen and Munirih Jester the 2019 Charles Benton Digital Equity ChampionsThe National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA) announced the 2019 Charles Benton Digital Equity Champion Award winners: PCs for People CEO Casey Sorensen and San Antonio Housing Authority Digital Inclusion Program Manager Munirih Jester.Digital Inclusion NewsBlog PostsDigital Inclusion GuidanceDigital Inclusion - GeneralAngela Sieferhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2019/04/08/national-digital-inclusion-alliance-names-casey-sorensen-and-munirih-jester-the-2019-charles-benton-digital-equity-champions/
Webinar: Digital Equity ActThis webinar covered what passage of the Digital Equity Act would mean to NDIA Affiliates and what NDIA Affiliates can do as 501(c)3 organizations to educate policymakers and raise awareness with partners.Digital Inclusion NewsBlog PostsPolicy PositionsFunding for Digital InclusionAngela Sieferhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2019/04/03/digital-equity-act-webinar/
Discount Internet GuidebookThis guidebook, developed by National Digital Inclusion Alliance with Public Knowledge and support from Mobile Beacon and Mobile Citizen, has two purposes: a practical guide for digital inclusion practitioners in need of affordable home broadband service, and describes affordable broadband plans for disadvantaged American households offered by commercial internet providers.Digital Inclusion NewsGuidebooksDigital Inclusion GuidanceAffordable Home InternetAndrew Doanhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2019/03/24/discount-internet-guidebook/
New NDIA maps show home Internet connection rates by Census tract throughout the U.S.NDIA today published six interactive maps showing the percentages of households with wireline broadband connections, and the percentage of households with no home Internet connection of any kind, for every Census tract in the United States.Digital Inclusion News, Measuring InclusionBlog PostsMeasuring InclusionBroadband AdoptionBill Callahanhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2018/12/11/new-ndia-maps-show-home-internet-connection-rates-by-census-tract-throughout-the-u-s/
NDIA to OCC: Let banks seek CRA credit for digital inclusion supportNDIA has asked the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency ("OCC"), the U.S. Treasury Department agency which serves as the Federal regulator for many of the nation's banks, to allow those banks to seek Community Reinvestment Act credit for their financial support of community digital inclusion programs serving low and moderate income households in their lending areas.Digital Inclusion News, Policy PositionsNon-FCC Agency Comments/Legal BriefsPolicy PositionsFunding for Digital InclusionBill Callahanhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2018/11/25/ndia-to-occ-let-banks-seek-cra-credit-for-digital-inclusion-support/
Worst Connected Cities 2017NDIA has released our fourth annual "Worst Connected Cities" ranking, based on U.S. Census American Community Survey (ACS) data for 2017.Digital Inclusion News, Measuring InclusionBlog PostsMeasuring InclusionBroadband AdoptionBill Callahanhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/worst-connected-cities-2017/
Recording of International Digital Inclusion Week WebinarAs part of International Digital Inclusion Week, four panelists from four different countries representing a variety of digital inclusion activities discussed digital inclusion challenges and strategies.Digital Inclusion NewsOnline MediaDigital Inclusion GuidanceDigital Inclusion - GeneralCaitlin Schwartzhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2018/10/20/recording-of-international-digital-inclusion-week-webinar/
A Digital Divide Problem: Medicaid Recipients Expected to Prove Eligibility OnlineWithout home internet service, individuals subject to work requirements would need to visit a public library or other community space to use a computer, introducing new barriers due to lack of transportation, scheduling difficulties, and limited time on shared computers.Digital Inclusion NewsBlog PostsPolicy PositionsDigital Inclusion - GeneralAngela Sieferhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2018/09/24/a-digital-divide-problem-medicaid-recipients-expected-to-prove-eligibility-online/
NDIA to FCC: "Closing digital divide" means your annual broadband report should look at affordability, digital redliningNDIA has called on the Federal Communications Commission to prove its commitment to "closing the digital divide" by adding home broadband affordability, the broadband adoption rates of low income households, and the digital redlining of urban neighborhoods to the issues covered by the agency's upcoming 2019 Broadband Deployment Report.Digital Inclusion News, Policy PositionsFCC CommentsPolicy PositionsBill Callahanhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2018/09/18/ndia-to-fcc-closing-digital-divide-means-your-annual-broadband-report-should-look-at-affordability-digital-redlining/
NDIA urges USDA rural broadband program to push for affordabilityNDIA has submitted comments to the US Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service (RUS), urging the agency to treat affordability for lower-income rural residents as a key factor in implementing its E-Connectivity Pilot, a new grant and loan program for financing broadband projects in rural areas that lack "sufficient" broadband access.Policy PositionsNon-FCC Agency Comments/Legal BriefsPolicy PositionsAffordable Home InternetBill Callahanhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2018/09/11/ndia-urges-usda-rural-broadband-program-to-push-for-affordability/
NDIA asks FCC to preserve EBS for digital inclusionThe National Digital Inclusion Alliance today submitted comments to the Federal Communications Commission on proposed new rules that could reduce future allocations of "Educational Broadband Service" (EBS) spectrum to local school systems, colleges and universities, and other nonprofit and public educational users.Policy PositionsFCC CommentsPolicy PositionsAffordable Home InternetBill Callahanhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2018/08/08/ndia-asks-fcc-to-preserve-ebs-for-digital-inclusion/
White Paper: Tier FlatteningIn recent years AT&T and Verizon have eliminated their cheaper rate tiers for low and mid-speed Internet access, except at the very slowest levels. This policy of upward "tier flattening" raises the cost of Internet access for urban and rural AT&T and Verizon customers who only have access to the oldest, slowest legacy infrastructure.Digital Inclusion News, Policy PositionsWhite PapersPolicy PositionsAffordable Home InternetAngela Sieferhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2018/07/31/tier-flattening/
NDIA joins call for better Federal broadband dataTen organizations including NDIA have called on the U.S. Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to take the lead in creating a new and improved system for gathering national data on broadband access and adoption, including consumer prices.Digital Inclusion News, Measuring Inclusion, Policy PositionsCoalition LettersMeasuring InclusionBroadband AdoptionBill Callahanhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2018/07/18/ndia-joins-call-for-better-federal-broadband-data/
Worst Connected Cities 2016Using data from the 2016 American Community Survey (ACS), released in September 2017 by the U.S. Census Bureau, NDIA ranked all 186 U.S. cities with more than 50,000 households by the total percentage of each city's households lacking fixed broadband internet subscriptions.Digital Inclusion News, Measuring InclusionBlog PostsMeasuring InclusionBroadband AdoptionAngela Sieferhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2018/06/07/worst-connected-cities-2016/
Digital Inclusion Coalition GuidebookThis guidebook, developed by National Digital Inclusion Alliance with support from Media Democracy Fund and Cleveland Foundation, reflects on lessons learned from six established community-wide digital inclusion coalitions in an effort to aid local communities navigating the development and implementation process of forming a digital inclusion coalition.Digital Inclusion NewsGuidebooksDigital Inclusion GuidanceDigital Inclusion - GeneralAngela Sieferhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2018/05/21/digital-inclusion-coalition-guidebook/
Dissecting America's Digital DivideNDIA's Executive Director, Angela Siefer and Katy Egan (a teenager who did not have broadband at home) were guests on NPR's Innovation Hub.Digital Inclusion NewsOnline MediaDigital Inclusion GuidanceDigital Inclusion - GeneralAngela Sieferhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2018/05/18/dissecting-americas-digital-divide/
Resources from Net Inclusion 2018The value of Net Inclusion, NDIA's annual national conference, is due to digital inclusion practitioners sharing their expertise.Digital Inclusion NewsOnline MediaDigital Inclusion GuidanceDigital Inclusion - GeneralAngela Sieferhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2018/04/24/resources-from-net-inclusion-2018/
National Digital Inclusion Alliance Names Next Century Cities' Deb Socia the 2018 Charles Benton Digital Equity ChampionNDIA is proud to award the third annual Charles Benton Digital Equity Champion Award to Deb Socia. Deb has been a teacher, school administrator, technology program innovator, and national leader of a coalition of cities that are defining their own broadband futures.Digital Inclusion NewsBlog PostsDigital Inclusion GuidanceDigital Inclusion - GeneralMatthewhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2018/04/18/champion2018/
Satellite Service is Not BroadbandThe FCC's broadband data has other flaws but their data is one of the few sources available for broadband planning. Including satellite as a fixed broadband service is misleading.Digital Inclusion News, Measuring Inclusion, Policy PositionsBlog PostsMeasuring InclusionAngela Sieferhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2018/03/26/satellite_service_is_not_broadband/
NDIA's first AT&T redlining report is a year old todayAT&T's Digital Redlining of Cleveland got noticed. In the weeks following its release, the report was widely covered and linked on news and tech industry sitesDigital Inclusion News, Measuring InclusionBlog PostsMeasuring InclusionDigital RedliningBill Callahanhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2018/03/10/ndias-first-att-redlining-report-is-a-year-old-today-2/
The Quest for Digital EquityThe March issue of Government Technology magazine has some terrific reading, including an article on "The Quest for Digital Equity" that features NDIA's Executive Director on digital equity and digital inclusion.Digital Inclusion News, Policy PositionsBlog PostsDigital Inclusion GuidanceDigital Inclusion - GeneralLaura Breedenhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2018/03/08/the-quest-for-digital-equity/
NDIA Comments to FCC: Do Not Implement Proposed Lifeline ChangesThe proposed rules by the FCC seem explicitly designed to reduce the Lifeline program's availability, participation levels, and provider choice and economic value for participants, for voice as well as Internet data service.Digital Inclusion News, Policy PositionsFCC CommentsPolicy PositionsLifelineAngela Sieferhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2018/02/21/ndia-to-fcc-do-not-implement-proposed-lifeline-changes/
NDIA Conversation with FCC Commissioner Clyburn November 17th, 2017On November 17, 2017, NDIA hosted a conversation between FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn and NDIA Affiliates. Commissioner Clyburn explained the recent proposals the FCC had approved, which ones she disagreed with and why.Subscriber Content, WebinarBlog PostsPolicy PositionsDigital Inclusion - GeneralMatthewhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2018/01/11/ndia-conversation-with-fcc-commissioner-clyburn-november-17th-2017/
Community Broadband Bits Podcast:“Digital InclusionChris Mitchell interviewed Angela Siefer for Episode 284.Digital Inclusion NewsOnline MediaDigital Inclusion GuidanceDigital Inclusion - GeneralAngela Sieferhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2017/12/12/community-broadband-bits-podcast-digital-inclusion/
Dismantling of Net Neutrality Will Lead to More Digital DividesMight the deregulation of the Internet lead to additional digital redlining?Digital Inclusion News, Policy PositionsBlog PostsPolicy PositionsDigital RedliningAngela Sieferhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2017/11/21/dismantling-of-net-neutrality-will-lead-to-more-digital-divides/
FCC's "steps to transform Lifeline" reduce its potential to bridge Digital DivideThis is an extremely counterproductive direction for the FCC to take, if, as we have been told, the Commissioners are truly interested in ensuring access to broadband for all Americans.Digital Inclusion News, Policy PositionsBlog PostsPolicy PositionsLifelineBill Callahanhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2017/11/18/fcc-steps-to-transform-lifeline-reduce-its-potential-to-bridge-digital-divide/
FCC Suggested Polices to "Bridge the Digital Divide" Do No Such ThingNDIA has responded, via letter, to a document released by the FCC titled "Bridging the Digital Divide for Low-Income Consumers". This document includes the "Fourth Report and Order, Order on Reconsideration, and Memorandum Opinion and Order", a "Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM)" and a Notice of Inquiry (NOI). Digital Inclusion News, Policy PositionsFCC CommentsPolicy PositionsLifelineAngela Sieferhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2017/11/13/fcc-not-bridging-digital-divide/
Advancing the Internet of Things in Rural AmericaLinks to the senate hearing, NDIA's written testimony, and other news sources that have addressed the hearing.Digital Inclusion NewsNon-FCC Agency Comments/Legal BriefsPolicy PositionsDigital Inclusion - GeneralAndrew Doanhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2017/11/11/advancing-the-internet-of-things-in-rural-america/
Letter to AT&T and Attorney Parks: A RecommendationBased upon NDIA's digital redlining maps and on behalf of 3 residents of Cleveland and 2 residents of Detroit, Attorney Daryl Parks filed FCC complaints against AT&T alleging discrimination. AT&T and Attorney Parks have agreed to mediation by the FCC.Digital Inclusion News, Policy PositionsBlog PostsPolicy PositionsDigital RedliningAngela Sieferhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2017/10/30/letter-to-att-and-attorney-parks/
NDIA proposes community-friendly changes in FCC Form 477 dataNDIA recently submitted comments to the Federal Communications Commission suggesting several ways to make the agency's public data on broadband deployment and adoption more useful to local digital inclusion efforts.Measuring Inclusion, Policy PositionsFCC CommentsMeasuring InclusionBill Callahanhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2017/10/07/ndia-proposes-community-friendly-changes-in-fcc-form-477-data/
Low Income Cleveland Census Tracts Less Likely to Subscribe to High Speed Broadband than Tracts in Appalachia OhioOn September 21, 2017, NDIA filed comments in response to the FCC's Thirteenth Section 706 Report Notice of Inquiry (NOI), "Concerning Deployment of Advanced Telecommunications Capability to All Americans in a Reasonable and Timely Fashion". Digital Inclusion NewsFCC CommentsPolicy PositionsAngela Sieferhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2017/09/22/low-income-cleveland-tracts-less-likely-to-have-high-speed-broadband/
CYC and ASC3 Publish Longitudinal Study of Broadband Adoption and Impact in ClevelandAccording to the report, these findings not only prove that high-touch community-based digital literacy programs are successful in closing the digital divide, but that the impact of such projects continues even after they are over. asc3, cleveland, connect your community, digital inclusionBlog PostsMeasuring InclusionDigital Inclusion - GeneralMatthewhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2017/09/22/cyc-and-asc3-publish-longitudinal-study-of-broadband-adoption-and-impact/
Just Released:“ Informing Strategic Investment in Digital EquityCommissioned by the Cleveland Foundation, the report includes local data, local resource mapping, national program examples, and specific recommendations. The report was created specifically for Cleveland/Cuyahoga County but has useful guidance for any community.Digital Inclusion News, Measuring InclusionWhite PapersLocal AnalysisDigital Inclusion - GeneralAngela Sieferhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2017/09/11/just-released-informing-strategic-investment/
NDIA on Mozilla IRL Podcast "All Access Pass"The podcast asks "What is life like without fast Internet, and how does life change once a person has it? Should Internet access be a right, rather than a luxury?"Digital Inclusion NewsOnline MediaDigital Inclusion GuidanceDigital Inclusion - GeneralMatthewhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2017/09/11/mozilla-ilr-podcast-all-access-pass/
More digital redlining? AT&T home broadband deployment and poverty in Detroit and ToledoMapping analyses of AT&T's 2016 broadband deployment data reported to the FCC for Wayne County, MI (Detroit) and Lucas County, OH (Toledo) show the same pattern of "digital redlining" of low income neighborhoods as NDIA research has previously revealed in the Cleveland and Dayton areas.Digital Inclusion News, Measuring InclusionBlog PostsMeasuring InclusionDigital RedliningBill Callahanhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2017/09/06/more-digital-redlining-att-deployment-and-poverty-in-detroit-and-toledo/
Broadband Infrastructure Alone Does Not Bridge the Digital DivideFederal programs and resources exist to increase access to broadband infrastructure in rural areas. But despite nationwide increases in fixed broadband availability and adoption over the past fifteen years rural areas continue to lag behind urban areas in terms of broadband infrastructure availability.Digital Inclusion NewsBlog PostsMeasuring InclusionBroadband AdoptionJana Wilbrichthttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2017/08/24/broadband-infrastructure-alone-does-not-bridge-the-digital-divide/
Attorney Daryl Parks Submits Formal Complaint to FCC Against AT&T Based on NDIA ReportToday, on behalf of three Cleveland residents, Attorney Daryl Parks submitted a formal complaint to the FCC alleging "AT&T's offerings of high speed broadband service violates the Communications Act's prohibition against unjust and unreasonable discrimination."at&t, FCCBlog PostsPolicy PositionsDigital RedliningAngela Sieferhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2017/08/24/attorney-daryl-parks-submits-formal-complaint-to-fcc-against-att-based-on-ndia-report/
Research You Can Use: Digital Literacy Training & EmploymentTo provide to digital inclusion practitioners easy access to information that can be used to support programmatic goals, both to improve their programs and request funding while also providing to policymakers information they can use to make strategic decisions impacting digital inclusion.digital literacy, employment, researchBlog PostsMeasuring InclusionDigital Inclusion - GeneralAndrew Doanhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2017/06/12/research-you-can-use-digital-literacy-training-employment/
Who Regulates Broadband? Nobody.With the current FCC cutting back broadband regulation, it is clear neither the federal government nor the states are regulating internet service.Digital Inclusion News, Policy PositionsBlog PostsPolicy PositionsDigital Inclusion - GeneralAngela Sieferhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2017/04/13/who-regulates-broadband-nobody/
AT&T broadband deployment skipped low-income Dayton neighborhoodsAT&T Fails To Invest in Low-Income Montgomery County NeighborhoodsDigital Inclusion NewsBlog PostsMeasuring InclusionDigital RedliningBill Callahanhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2017/03/22/att-skipped-low-income-dayton-neighborhoods/
Video Clips on Home Broadband From 2017 San Antonio Digital Inclusion SummitNDIA was excited to be a part of this one-day event, hosted by the San Antonio Public Library, with rich conversations addressing digital equity, and highlighting the efforts of local organizations on the frontlines of digital inclusion.Digital Inclusion NewsOnline MediaDigital Inclusion GuidanceBroadband AdoptionAngela Sieferhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2017/03/13/home-broadband-2017-san-antonio-digital-inclusion-summit/
AT&T's Digital Redlining Of ClevelandA mapping analysis of Federal Communications Commission broadband availability data, conducted by Connect Your Community and the National Digital Inclusion Alliance, strongly suggests that AT&T has systematically discriminated against lower-income Cleveland neighborhoods in its deployment of home Internet and video technologies over the past decade.Digital Inclusion News, Measuring InclusionWhite PapersMeasuring InclusionDigital RedliningBill Callahanhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2017/03/10/atts-digital-redlining-of-cleveland/
Dear FCC Chairman PaiWe encourage Chairman Pai to work toward digital equity, with us. Policy PositionsBlog PostsPolicy PositionsDigital Inclusion - GeneralAngela Sieferhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2017/02/15/dear-fcc-chairman-pai/
We Need More Internet Service Providers, Not FewerWhether we call it competition or choice, there is general agreement that having more options in a market has the potential to reduce the price and increase the value of the service/product. Lifeline broadband service is no different.Policy PositionsBlog PostsPolicy PositionsLifelineAngela Sieferhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2017/02/04/we-need-more-internet-service-providers-not-fewer/
FCC Consumer Bureau releases digital inclusion planThe thirty-page document, coming just days before a major shift in FCC leadership, is predictably modest, calling for no sweeping new initiatives or policy changes. But it does include some things that will be welcomed by NDIA affiliates and friends.Policy PositionsBlog PostsPolicy PositionsDigital Inclusion - GeneralBill Callahanhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2017/01/12/fcc-consumer-bureau-releases-digital-inclusion-plan/
City digital inclusion leaders featured in special journal issueYesterday the Journal of Digital and Media Literacy published a special issue on "Digital Inclusion Policies & Programs of Local Governments", featuring articles by municipal digital inclusion leaders from seven U.S. citiesDigital Inclusion News, Policy PositionsBlog PostsDigital Inclusion GuidanceDigital Inclusion - GeneralAngela Sieferhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2016/12/17/20161217o9hv5x0vfzt4m2c2oim1uckai7epwp/
The Worst Connected U.S. Cities of 2015Our rankings for 2015 are based on recently released Census data on home access to fixed broadband Internet services. This includes wireline broadband technologies (cable Internet, DSL, fiber to the premises) as well as satellite and "fixed wireless" technologies. Digital Inclusion Corps Field Reports, Policy PositionsBlog PostsMeasuring InclusionBroadband AdoptionAngela Sieferhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2016/11/04/worst-connected-cities-2015/
Article: Slow DSL connections could impede FCC's Lifeline Internet planA new article in Pacific Standard points out that the same slow inner-city Internet speeds that recently became an issue for AT&T's low income discount program could also create a real problem for the Federal Communications Commission's Lifeline broadband initiative.Digital Inclusion News, Policy PositionsBlog PostsPolicy PositionsLifelineBill Callahanhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2016/09/29/article-slow-dsl-connections-could-impede-fccs-lifeline-internet-plans/
Bridging the Digital Divide: Not Every Low Income Family is the SameTo be effective in digital inclusion efforts, we must recognize that there are at least four different subsets within this population, each with its own unique set of needs.Digital Inclusion Corps Field Reports, Policy PositionsBlog PostsDigital Inclusion GuidanceDigital Inclusion - GeneralAngela Sieferhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2016/09/20/bridging-the-digital-divide-not-every-low-income-family-is-the-same/
Digital Equity Is the "What" and Digital Inclusion Is the "How"NDIA recently posted definitions for "Digital Inclusion" and "Digital Equity".Policy PositionsBlog PostsDigital Inclusion GuidanceDigital Inclusion - GeneralAngela Sieferhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2016/08/24/digital-equity-and-digital-inclusion/
New Federal Reserve publication links digital inclusion and Community Reinvestment ActThe Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas has just published Closing the Digital Divide, which the Bank's President calls "a toolkit for bankers seeking to bring digital opportunity to underserved, rural and tribal communities through access to high-speed broadband. Bank investments as well as partnerships with local governments, nonprofits and educational groups can help ensure equitable access to the growing digital economy."Digital Inclusion News, Policy PositionsBlog PostsPolicy PositionsFunding for Digital InclusionBill Callahanhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2016/07/21/new-federal-reserve-publication-links-digital-inclusion-and-community-reinvestment-act/
NDIA Comments On HUD's Proposed Rule Modernizing Consolidated Planning ProcessThe National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA) respectfully submits these comments on HUD's proposed rule in Docket No. FR 5891-P-01, "Modernizing HUD's Consolidated Planning Process To Narrow the Digital Divide and Increase Resilience to Natural Hazards".Digital Inclusion News, Policy PositionsNon-FCC Agency Comments/Legal BriefsPolicy PositionsFunding for Digital InclusionAngela Sieferhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2016/07/18/ndia-comments-on-huds-proposed-rule-consolidated-planning/
Comcast Expands Internet Essentials to Public Housing and HUD-Assisted ResidentsAll public housing and HUD-assisted tenants (primarily those using Housing Choice vouchers or in project-based Section 8 units) in Comcast's service area are eligible to apply for Internet Essentials, Comcast's high-speed $9.95/month service for low-income residents.Digital Inclusion News, Policy PositionsBlog PostsDigital Inclusion GuidanceAffordable Home InternetAngela Sieferhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2016/07/15/comcast-expands-internet-essentials/
Digital Inclusion DayFriday, May 13th marked the inaugural celebration of National Digital Inclusion Day:“ a day to highlight and discuss the impact that digital access and skills can have on society, families and individuals.Digital Inclusion News, Policy PositionsBlog PostsDigital Inclusion GuidanceDigital Inclusion - GeneralAngela Sieferhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2016/05/16/digital-inclusion-day/
$32.5 million from "New Charter" for digital inclusion in California: A national model?Now the big question is: Will the FCC make the California agreement a model for communities affected by the merger throughout the U.S.?Digital Inclusion News, Policy PositionsBlog PostsPolicy PositionsFunding for Digital InclusionBill Callahanhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2016/04/21/325-million-from-new-charter-for-digital-inclusion-in-california/
The FCC Takes On Digital Inclusion Beyond LifelineThe Federal Communications Commissioners voted (3-2) to include broadband internet as a subsidized Lifeline service for low-income consumers. Its an incredible policy that will create one very important tool to reducing digital disparity.Digital Inclusion News, Policy PositionsBlog PostsPolicy PositionsLifelineAngela Sieferhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2016/04/01/fcc-takes-on-digital-inclusion-beyond-lifeline/
White House Affirms Necessity of Getting Online & Having Digital SkillsAn unprecedented variety of public and nonprofit leaders are engaged in efforts to overcome the digital divides that afflict our disadvantaged neighbors and neighborhoods. This is affirmed by today's announcement that President Obama is unveiling ConnectALL, an initiative to help Americans from across the country, at every income level, get online and have the tools to take full advantage of the Internet. Digital Inclusion News, Policy PositionsBlog PostsPolicy PositionsDigital Inclusion - GeneralAngela Sieferhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2016/03/09/white-house-affirmation/
FCC Shares Highlights of Draft Order to Modernize LifelineToday, FCC Chairman Wheeler and Commissioner Clyburn released a blog post and a fact sheet on the Lifeline Modernization Proposal circulating inside the FCC. Both of these documents clearly show the Chairman Wheeler and Commissioner Clyburn understand the necessity of broadband access and use.Digital Inclusion News, Policy PositionsBlog PostsPolicy PositionsLifelineAngela Sieferhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2016/03/08/fcc-shares-highlights-of-draft-order-to-modernize-lifeline/
Senate Briefing – Understanding Digital Inclusion & Broadband AdoptionThanks to the Benton Foundation, Casey Sorensen of NDIA Affiliate PCs for People and I spoke on a Senate Briefing panel sponsored by Georgetown's Institute for Public Representation and the Benton Foundation in cooperation with Senator Richard Blumenthal.Digital Inclusion News, Policy PositionsBlog PostsPolicy PositionsDigital Inclusion - GeneralAngela Sieferhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2016/02/23/senate-briefing-understanding-digital-inclusion/
Boston's Broadband and Digital Equity AdvocateBoston is the second municipality in the United States to hire full time staff tasked with increasing digital equity. Anne Schweiger was hired as the City of Boston's Broadband and Digital Equity Advocate in December 2015.Digital Inclusion News, Policy PositionsBlog PostsLocal AnalysisDigital Inclusion - GeneralAngela Sieferhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2016/02/14/bostons-broadband-and-digital-equity-advocate/
NDIA Signs On Letter Encouraging FCC Protect Privacy of Broadband ConsumersNDIA signed on to a letter sent to the FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler encouraging the FCC to take steps that protect consumer privacy via our broadband providers. The letter was signed by 59 organizations, including NDIA. Digital Inclusion News, Policy PositionsCoalition LettersPolicy PositionsAngela Sieferhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2016/01/26/ndia-signs-on-letter-encouraging-fcc-protect-privacy-of-broadband-consumers/
Libraries Increasing Broadband AdoptionThe Benton Foundation published the paper Libraries Increasing Broadband Adoption written by Angela Siefer of National Digital Inclusion Alliance, Katherine Bates of Urban Libraries Council, Colin Rhinesmith of School of Library and Information Studies, University of Oklahoma, and Benton Foundation Faculty Research Fellow.Digital Inclusion News, Policy PositionsBlog PostsPolicy PositionsDigital Inclusion - GeneralAngela Sieferhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2016/01/15/libraries-increasing-broadband-adoption/
Comcast States Lifeline Broadband Providers Should Support Digital LiteracyTo substantially increase broadband adoption, we must address both cost and digital literacy.Digital Inclusion News, Policy PositionsBlog PostsDigital Inclusion GuidanceDigital LiteracyAngela Sieferhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2015/11/18/comcast-lifeline-digital-literacy/
Practical Definition of Broadband AdoptionThis definition is useful for creating and improving programs.Digital Inclusion News, Policy PositionsBlog PostsDigital Inclusion GuidanceBroadband AdoptionAngela Sieferhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2015/11/09/practical-definition-of-broadband-adoption/
The Broadband Opportunity Council Report & RecommendationsPotential resources for broadband adoption programs. NDIA was cited five times in the Report and Recommendations.Digital Inclusion News, Measuring InclusionBlog PostsPolicy PositionsFunding for Digital InclusionAngela Sieferhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2015/10/14/boc-report-2015/
Lifeline Reply Comments: Community-Based Lifeline Providers and No Data CapsNDIA submitted Reply Comments focused upon allowing community-based low-cost solutions to be Lifeline broadband providers and not allowing Lifeline broadband providers to institute data caps.Digital Inclusion News, Measuring InclusionFCC CommentsPolicy PositionsLifelineAngela Sieferhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2015/10/01/lifeline-reply-comments/
Worst-Connected U.S. Cities in 2014Using data from the 2014 American Community Survey (ACS) released last Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau, NDIA ranked all 184 U.S. cities with more than 50,000 households by their percentages of households with no Internet at home.Digital Inclusion News, Measuring InclusionBlog PostsMeasuring InclusionBroadband AdoptionAngela Sieferhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2015/09/21/worst-connected-cities-2014/
Lifeline comments: Maximize impact of Lifeline broadband on personal health record adoptionLack of broadband access is a major obstacle to low income households' adoption of Personal Health Record (PHR) tools. We recommend the Commission work cooperatively with the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to maximize the impact of a Lifeline broadband option on low-income PHR adoption.Digital Inclusion NewsFCC CommentsPolicy PositionsLifelineBill Callahanhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2015/09/16/lifeline-comments-maximize-impact-of-lifeline-broadband-on-personal-health-record-adoption/
Community-Based Solutions for Lifeline BroadbandNDIA's response to paragraphs 129-141 of the FCC's Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on reform and modernization of the FCC's Lifeline program.Digital Inclusion News, Policy PositionsFCC CommentsPolicy PositionsLifelineAngela Sieferhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2015/09/08/community-based-solutions-lifeline/
NDIA Comments to FCC: Lifeline ModernizationNDIA's comments to the FCC regarding the modernization of the Lifeline Program are built upon our affiliates' unique positions working directly with non-adopters to increase digital inclusion in the United States.FCC, LifelineFCC CommentsPolicy PositionsLifelineAngela Sieferhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2015/08/31/ndia-comments-to-fcc-lifeline-modernization/
Changing the Landscape of Low-Cost Broadband: NDIA's Lifeline Comments to the FCCSince the modernization of Lifeline was the original impetus for forming NDIA, we are very carefully considering our comments to the FCC regarding the modernization of Lifeline.Digital Inclusion News, Policy PositionsBlog PostsPolicy PositionsLifelineAngela Sieferhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2015/07/30/changing-the-landscape-of-low-cost-broadband/
Pew: No Internet use by 26% of Americans with household incomes below $30,000A tweet yesterday from the Pew Research Center calls attention to the 2015 installment of the Center's annual survey of American's Internet use, released back on June 26.Digital Inclusion News, Measuring InclusionBlog PostsMeasuring InclusionBroadband AdoptionBill Callahanhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2015/07/10/pew-no-internet-use-by-26-of-americans-with-household-incomes-below-30000/
Common Sense Kids Action: Broadband inclusion will boost GDP, education, healthcareA terrific new policy brief from Common Sense Kids Action on the evidence that better Internet access for low-income American households would have significant benefits for education, healthcare, household incomes and the economy as a whole.Digital Inclusion NewsBlog PostsDigital Inclusion GuidanceDigital Inclusion - GeneralBill Callahanhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2015/06/29/common-senses-kids-action-broadband-inclusion-will-boost-gdp-education-healthcare/
Modernization of Lifeline: Addressing the Cost Barrier of Broadband AdoptionWe, the National Digital Inclusion Alliance, commend the FCC's proposal to modernize the Lifeline Program. Increasing broadband access and use benefits both the individual and society as a whole.Digital Inclusion News, Policy PositionsBlog PostsPolicy PositionsLifelineAngela Sieferhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2015/06/18/modernization-of-lifeline-addressing-the-cost-barrier-of-broadband-adoption/
NDIA comments to Broadband Opportunity CouncilAngela's comments list a number of specific program or regulatory actions by various departments and agencies, including Commerce, Housing and Urban Development, Labor, Education, Health and Human Services and others, which could support local community efforts toward digital literacy training and free or affordable broadband access.Digital Inclusion News, Policy PositionsNon-FCC Agency Comments/Legal BriefsPolicy PositionsFunding for Digital InclusionBill Callahanhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2015/06/10/ndia-comments-to-broadband-opportunity-council/
WIRED: Lifeline help for Internet "good for us all"An excellent new article in WIRED Magazine summarizes the arguments for extending Federal Lifeline support to broadband Internet access, as proposed last week by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Digital Inclusion NewsBlog PostsPolicy PositionsLifelineBill Callahanhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2015/06/01/wired-lifeline-help-for-internet-good-for-us-all/
In Support of Lifeline ModernizationThe National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA), representing community-based Internet training and access programs in 21 states and 23 metropolitan areas across the U.S., welcomes today's announcement by Chairman Wheeler of the Federal Communications Commission regarding modernization of the Lifeline program to include broadband Internet services.Digital Inclusion News, Policy PositionsBlog PostsPolicy PositionsLifelineAngela Sieferhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2015/05/28/lifeline-modernization/
Census shows digital divide closely linked to household incomesIn 2013, more than half of U.S. households with incomes below $20,000 still lacked any kind of home Internet subscription including mobile or dial-up, according to the U.S. Census American Community Survey, or ACS. The ACS showed much lower percentages of households without Internet in higher income groups.Digital Inclusion News, Measuring InclusionBlog PostsMeasuring InclusionBroadband AdoptionBill Callahanhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2015/05/26/census-shows-digital-divide-closely-linked-to-household-incomes/
Lifeline:“ Where Is It Going? A Community PerspectiveThe Benton Foundation posted this guest article by Angela Siefer on its Digital Beat Blog, outlining the NDIA's perspective on the issues facing the Federal Communications Commission in its upcoming "Lifeline reform" proceeding.Digital Inclusion News, Policy PositionsBlog PostsPolicy PositionsLifelineBill Callahanhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2015/05/19/lifeline-where-is-it-going-a-community-perspective-1/
The Right Time for a National Digital Inclusion AllianceI am so happy to announce the creation of the National Digital Inclusion Alliance.Digital Inclusion NewsBlog PostsDigital Inclusion GuidanceDigital Inclusion - GeneralAngela Sieferhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2015/05/14/right-time/
White Paper: Why Smart Communities Need Digital InclusionNDIA reviews what the term smart communities entail and how local government leaders are cementing divides if they fail to include strategies for digital inclusion and digital equity in their smart community plans.Digital Inclusion NewsWhite PapersDigital Inclusion GuidanceSmart CitiesCaitlin Schwartzhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2019/09/30/white-paper-why-smart-communities-need-digital-inclusion/
NDIA applauds Congressional effort to increase Lifeline broadband enrollmentU.S. Senator Dick Durbin (IL) and U.S. Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) have introduced a bill in both houses of Congress that is intended to increase enrollment in the Federal Lifeline program, which provides subsidized broadband as well as phone access for low income Americans.Digital Inclusion NewsBlog PostsPolicy PositionsLifelineBill Callahanhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2019/09/26/ndia-applauds-congressional-effort-to-increase-lifeline-broadband-enrollment/
Representatives McNerney, Lujan and Clarke introduce Digital Equity Act in U.S. HouseThree Members of the U.S. House of Representatives today introduced a House version of the Digital Equity Act of 2019.Digital Inclusion NewsBlog PostsPolicy PositionsFunding for Digital InclusionBill Callahanhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2019/09/25/representatives-mcnerney-lujan-and-clarke-introduce-digital-equity-act-in-u-s-house/
Angela Siefer and Xandi Wright on Trending in EducationAngela Siefer and Xandi Wright spoke with Mike Palmer and Dan Strafford from this podcast about Digital Equity and Inclusion.Digital Inclusion NewsOnline MediaDigital Inclusion GuidanceDigital Inclusion - GeneralCaitlin Schwartzhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2019/09/16/angela-siefer-and-xandi-wright-on-trending-in-education/
Report predicts "Big Returns" from county investment in digital inclusionCuyahoga County, Ohio released a new report on the ways digital inclusion could improve the operational efficiency of several of its departments, while making County services more accessible to a large number of citizens.Digital Inclusion NewsWhite PapersLocal AnalysisDigital Inclusion - GeneralBill Callahanhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2019/09/05/report-predicts-big-returns-from-county-investment-in-digital-inclusion/
Candidate Warren includes Digital Equity Act in new broadband platformWarren's campaign staff working on her broadband plan reached out to NDIA for ideas, and the plan credits NDIA as a source in several footnotes, according to Executive Director Angela Siefer. "NDIA is a non-partisan organization interested in promoting digital inclusion across the country.Digital Inclusion NewsBlog PostsPolicy PositionsFunding for Digital InclusionBill Callahanhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2019/08/09/candidate-warren-includes-digital-equity-act-in-new-broadband-platform/
AT&T's Digital Redlining of Dallas: New Research by Dr. Brian WhitacreIn 2017 Dr. Whitacre was approached by Attorney Daryl Parks, who was preparing to file a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission based on NDIA's study of AT&T's Digital Redlining of Cleveland. Parks asked Dr. Whitacre to conduct an expert assessment of NDIA's Cleveland research and provide sworn testimony about his findings, which he did.Digital Inclusion NewsWhite PapersLocal AnalysisDigital RedliningBill Callahanhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2019/08/06/atts-digital-redlining-of-dallas-new-research-by-dr-brian-whitacre/
Rep. Meng proposes hotspot funding to combat “homework gap”Members of Congress propose a $100 million annual grant program to fund community efforts to provide mobile wi-fi hotspots for home usePolicy PositionsFunding for Digital InclusionBill Callahanhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2019/11/27/rep-meng-proposes-hotspot-funding-to-combat-homework-gap/
NDIA to FCC: Broadband affordability should be addressed in annual assessmentNDIA urges Federal Communications Commission to consider broadband adoption rates and affordability in the Agency’s annual assessment of whether advanced telecommunications capability deployment is occurring in a reasonable and timely fashion for all AmericansFCC CommentsMeasuring InclusionBill Callahanhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2019/11/25/ndia-to-fcc-broadband-affordability-should-be-addressed-in-annual-assessment/
Angela Siefer – Keynote Video from Philadelphia TLC ConferenceDigital Inclusion: Not If But How. Digital inclusion action nationally and locally, the importance of digital inclusion, local strategies, NDIA’s resources and what we can learn from Philadelphia’s commitment to ending digital divides.Online MediaDigital Inclusion GuidanceDigital Inclusion - GeneralCaitlin Schwartzhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2019/11/20/angela-siefer-keynote-at-tlc-conference-video/
Worst Connected Cities of 2018NDIA's 2018 analysis of the worst connected cities in America expands previous perspective to include mid-sized cities in its latest reportOnline MediaMeasuring InclusionDigital Inclusion - GeneralBill Callahanhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2019/10/23/worst-connected-cities-of-2018/
Announcing New Indicators for NDIA Digital Inclusion TrailblazersDigital Inclusion Trailblazers, a public inventory of local government initiatives promoting digital literacy and broadband access for underserved residents, updates its Trailblazer indicatorsDigital Inclusion GuidanceDigital LiteracyCaitlin Schwartzhttps://www.digitalinclusion.org/blog/2019/10/08/new-process-trailblazers/

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