Archive for Digital divide — Cleveland

Census: Digital divide very much alive in Cleveland in 2018

The U.S. Census released the first data from its 2018 American Community Survey this morning.  Today’s ACS One Year Estimates include community-wide survey data from “Census places” with more than 65,000 residents.  That includes updated information about the home Internet connections of residents of Cleveland and other big and medium-size cities.

Unfortunately, not much has changed since the 2017 One Year Estimates published a year ago.

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East Cleveland Cable taken over by small provider… from Nebraska

East Cleveland Cable TV, the only cable broadband and TV provider for most of East Cleveland’s 8,000 households, has been taken over — not by Charter Spectrum or another Big Cable company, but by a new, independent LLC headquartered in rural Nebraska.

The new owner is called Windspeed Broadband (not to be confused with Windstream.) The ECC TV website has been redesigned with the Windspeed brand.

This transaction took place very quietly over the last few months. As far as we can tell, this is the first public “story” about it, other than the unexplained name change on the ECC TV website. Read more

Will AT&T’s discount rates for poor households end in 12 months?

“Access from AT&T”, AT&T’s $5-to-$10 Internet service for households enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), will no longer be required by Federal Communications Commission order and may well come to an end in April 2020.

Ironically, this may happen just as AT&T’s surprise deployment of fiber infrastructure in low income Cleveland and East Cleveland neighborhoods  could make Access service much more valuable to eligible households in those neighborhoods. Read more