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Cleveland election 2017: What should we ask the candidates?

2017 is a City election year. Mayor Jackson is the front runner in his bid for an unprecedented fourth term, but he has a lot of opponents, including some relatively strong ones. Most City Council Members also have one or more opponents. The primary will take place September 12, and the general election on November 7.

This election is a unique opportunity to get the digital exclusion of tens of thousands of Cleveland citizens recognized as a priority target for City action. The campaign is an opportunity to turn affordable broadband access and funding for community technology into questions that the candidates must answer. The answers they give can shape the possibilities for City action and leadership on digital inclusion in 2018 and beyond. Read more

FCC sets 180-day “timeclock” for reviewing Charter-Time Warner merger

This afternoon the Federal Communication Commission finally started its 180-day “timeclock” for reviewing Charter Communications’ proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks. Here’s the FCC’s public notice describing the case.

The proposed merger would create the second-biggest cable-Internet corporation in the U.S., serving Cleveland-Akron, Columbus, Cincinnati, Dayton, a large part of New York City, Los Angeles, San Diego, Dallas-Ft Worth, Austin, San Antonio, Kansas City (MO), Milwaukee, St. Louis, Raleigh-Durham, Winston-Salem, Tampa, Louisville, Buffalo, Syracuse and Rochester among other communities.

Charter’s bid for Time-Warner and Bright House was announced in May, shortly after Comcast dropped its year-long effort to buy Time Warner and  then divest Ohio and some other territories to Charter.  CYC 2.0 and other partners created the Coalition for Broadband Equity to participate in that case, arguing that Charter should be required to submit plans for communiy investment to increase home Internet access in low-income communities.

Initial public comments on the Charter proposal must be submitted to the FCC by October 13.  If the FCC sticks to its timeline (which is not mandatory), a decision on the merger will take place sometime in February.

Ashbury Center and partners get grant to pilot MyChart training

The Ashbury Senior Computer Community Center (ASC3) has won a grant from the CareSource Foundation to work with CYC 2.0 and the Center for Health Research and Policy (CHRP) on a new initiative to help low-income health consumers become effective users of the MyChart patient health application.

The grant, announced late last year, will enable the three partners to design, pilot and evaluate a MyChart curriculum aimed at Medicaid and Medicare patients who have little or no experience with online tools.

MyChart, an “integrated patient health record” application created by Epic Systems, is used by healthcare providers as a tool for patient communications, administrative tasks like appointments and prescription refills, and providing access to patient records. MetroHealth, Cleveland Clinic, Care Alliance, HealthSpan, and several other Cleveland-area providers offer MyChart accounts to their patients and strongly encourage them to adopt the software, but currently offer little in the way of training in its use — especially for tens of thousands of older and poorer patients who have minimal online skills and access.

The pilot project will involve up to fifty low-income health consumers in several Cleveland neighborhoods, and will take place throughout the first half of 2015.

For more information contact Wanda Davis, ASC3 Executive Director, at wdavis@asc3.org.