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Councilmen Cummins, Polensek say “Yes” to Digital Justice proposals

Cleveland City Council Members Brian Cummins (Ward 14) and Michael Polensek (Ward 8) have said “Yes” to all four Cleveland Digital Justice Campaign questions.

The two incumbent Councilmen (Polensek is the body’s longest-serving member) say that, if re-elected, they’ll work for a citywide public wifi network and direct City funding of neighborhood technology training centers, as well as the development of a fiber broadband network to promote more competition for home and business Internet customers throughout the city. Read more

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

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