(This post was updated on March 28 to reflect the approval of Substitute House Bill 378 by the Ohio House Finance Committee on March 21.)
A year after CYC and NDIA first documented the extent of AT&T’s digital redlining of Cleveland neighborhoods, big-city Democrats in the Ohio General Assembly are lining up to support a proposed state grant program for community-driven high-speed broadband investments to fill access gaps left by private providers.
But their own cities and neighborhoods need not apply. Read more
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
There are 175 populated Census tracts (i.e., tracts with households) in the city of Cleveland. As of June 2016, according to FCC data, 111 of those tracts had fewer than 40% of their households connected to the Internet through “fixed” broadband (some kind of DSL, cable modem, fiber or satellite) at download speeds of 10 mbps or more. To put that another way, at least three out of five households in each of those 111 Census tracts don’t have what most Americans — and the FCC — would consider normal broadband Internet connections.
The map below shows where those Census tracts are. It also shows the City Council wards covering those neighborhoods. (Click on the map to get a larger view.)
Don’t you think the City Council candidates for Wards 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12 and 14 would want to consider supporting the Cleveland Digital Justice Campaign? Read more