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

“Adoption Persistence” study shows long-term impact of grassroots digital inclusion program

Two days ago the Ashbury Senior Computer Community Center released an important new report: Adoption Persistence: A longitudinal study of the digital Inclusion impact of the Connect Your Community project

This new report, produced for ASC3 by CYC Research Director Samantha Schartman-Cycyk and Valdis Krebs of Orgnet LLC, outlines the findings of a unique “longitudinal” survey of participants in a large-scale community broadband adoption program. Read more