Digital Justice Campaign asks candidates for City investment in training and citywide access

Connect Your Community has launched a new effort to get Cleveland City Hall to finally make a serious investment in universal digital literacy and broadband access over the next four years.

The Cleveland Digital Justice Campaign has written to both of the city’s general election candidates for Mayor and all thirty-four candidates for City Council, asking them for commitments to support four measures “to bring digital literacy and affordable broadband access to our whole city”. Read more

Cleveland City Council wards where Digital Justice should be an election issue

There are 175 populated Census tracts (i.e., tracts with households) in the city of Cleveland.  As of June 2016, according to FCC data, 111 of those tracts had fewer than 40% of their households connected to the Internet through “fixed” broadband (some kind of DSL, cable modem, fiber or satellite) at download speeds of 10 mbps or more. To put that another way, at least three out of five households in each of those 111 Census tracts don’t have what most Americans — and the FCC — would consider normal broadband Internet connections.

The map below shows where those Census tracts are.  It also shows the City Council wards covering those neighborhoods. (Click on the map to get a larger view.)

Don’t you think the City Council candidates for Wards 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12 and 14 would want to consider supporting the Cleveland Digital Justice Campaign? Read more

2016 Census data: Cleveland still third worst-connected big city

47% of Cleveland households still didn’t have “fixed” broadband Internet subscriptions (cable, DSL, fiber or satellite) in 2016, according to new American Community Survey One Year Estimates released last Thursday by the U.S. Census.

32% of our households lacked home Internet connections of any kind, including mobile wireless or dial-up accounts.

In both cases Cleveland’s percentages were the third worst among the 75 U.S. cities with 100,000 or more households. Read more