The National Digital Inclusion Alliance today released a major new report, commissioned by the Cleveland Foundation, on the state of the digital divide in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County and the resources and programs currently supporting digital inclusion in our community.
Informing Strategic Investment in Digital Equity: Cleveland/Cuyahoga County includes local data, local resource mapping, program examples from other cities, and specific recommendations “to guide the Foundation’s staff and partners as they strategically determine how best to dedicate resources toward digital literacy, internet access and broad technological empowerment.”
News5 Cleveland (WEWS): Digital divide in Cleveland among worst in the country
From the broadcast:
Living in the Stone Age – that is how some AT&T customers in Cleveland describe the quality of the internet service they’re getting from the communications giant.
The company is accused of failing to upgrade certain communities in the city with faster fiber technology.
Civil rights attorney Daryl Parks is representing three Cleveland women who he says live in neighborhoods with slow internet. Read more
(Re-posted from National Digital Inclusion Alliance blog)
Attorney Daryl Parks Submits Formal Complaint to FCC Against AT&T Based on NDIA Report
by Angela Siefer
Today, on behalf of three Cleveland residents, Attorney Daryl Parks submitted a formal complaint to the FCC alleging “AT&T’s offerings of high speed broadband service violates the Communications Act’s prohibition against unjust and unreasonable discrimination.” Read more
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