Cleveland City Council’s special “Digital Inclusion Week” hearing last Wednesday drew a standing-room-only crowd in support of City support for community digital inclusion efforts.
The hearing — convened jointly by Council’s Committees on Health and Human Services, Utilities, Workforce and Community Benefits, and Development, Planning & Sustainability — was organized and led by Health and Human Services Chairman (and Ward 14 Councilman) Brian Cummins. Eleven of Council’s other sixteen members were present to hear at least some of the two hours of testimony.*
Read Cleveland Scene’s thorough coverage (“Strapped with Low Internet Access, Cleveland Takes a Close Look at How to Solve Digital Divide”).
Courtesy of WEWS-Channel 5, here’s the complete response of AT&T’s Senior Public Relations Manager, Holly Hollingsworth, to “AT&T’s Digital Redlining of Cleveland”:
Access to the internet is essential, which is why we’ve continuously invested in expanding service and enhancing speeds. Read more
A new mapping analysis of Federal Communications Commission broadband availability data, released today 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.
Our analysis, based on newly released FCC Form 477 Census block data, provides clear evidence that AT&T has withheld fiber-enhanced broadband improvements from most Cleveland neighborhoods with high poverty rates – including Hough, Glenville, Central, Fairfax, South Collinwood, St. Clair-Superior, Detroit-Shoreway, Stockyards and others.