Archive for Digital divide — Cleveland

CYC partners with Housing Authority to “Connect Home”

Connect Your Community has been honored, along with the Ashbury Senior Computer Community Center, as “2016 Community Partner of the Year” by the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA).

CYC Director Bill Callahan and ASC3 Executive Director Wanda Davis accepted the award at the “CMHA Honors” Gala on February 4 at Landerhaven.

The award recognized a CYC/ASC3 partnership with CMHA to provide basic computer training, free home computers and Internet connection assistance to residents of CMHA apartments, starting with regular classes at the ASC3 Connect Your Community Center for residents of the Scranton Castle, Manhattan Tower and Crestview apartments.  About thirty-five CMHA tenants have graduated from the CYC basic training course in three class series since the partnership began in August. CMHA has provided transportation to the Center and donated used PC systems to CYC to be provided to the graduates. The program is part of CMHA’s “Connect Home” initiative.

The third CYC/Connect Home class at its graduation at Scranton Castle, with CMHA CEO Jeff Patterson, ASC3/CYC instructors Rick Mosely and Tracy Bucher, and others who participated.

New Census: No Internet connection for 52,000 Cleveland homes

More than 50,000 households in Cleveland and more than 90,000 in Detroit had no Internet access of any kind in 2015, according to the Census’ newly released American Community Survey.

That number excludes households with smartphones, dial-up modems or “Internet access without a subscription”. Here are the details:

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The Census says “Internet access without a subscription” covers community wifi access and Internet in college dorms. But the category may well also include mobile access purchased without “subscriptions”, like data cards from Wal-Mart or Target.

Among households that do have Internet access, the cable companies — Time Warner in Cleveland and Comcast in Detroit — are the biggest providers by far.  AT&T’s DSL service holds a distant second place in both cities.

2015 Census: “Fixed broadband” in only half of Cleveland, Detroit households

Last Thursday the Census released its 2015 American Community Survey One Year Estimates, which includes household Internet data for cities with more than 65,000 residents.

According to the new ACS data, only 52% of Cleveland households and just 46% of Detroit households had “fixed broadband” Internet connections in 2015.

Cleveland’s 2015 percentage was third lowest among all U.S. cities with 50,000 or more households.  Detroit’s was dead last.

“Fixed broadband” includes cable, DSL, fiber and satellite Internet services — that is, everything but mobile devices and dial-up modems. About 71% of all U.S. households had fixed broadband access last year.

We’ll have more on the new ACS data soon.