Archive for Digital Justice Campaign

AT&T gigabit fiber: Digital redlining again?

Compared to its efforts in some other metro areas, AT&T has been very slow to roll out its gigabit home broadband upgrade, AT&T Fiber, in Cuyahoga County. But new FCC Form 477 data, released last week, suggests that the company finally got its home fiber deployment underway here in 2017.

Unfortunately, the geography of that deployment looks uncomfortably familiar. Read more

Film featuring Cleveland digital redlining now on line

“Dividing Lines”, the short film featuring AT&T’s digital redlining of Cleveland that premiered last April at Net Inclusion, is now available to view on line.

Produced by Maria Smith of Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society and Karen Heredia from the New Media Advocacy Project, “Dividing Lines” focuses on Internet access obstacles faced by low income families and neighborhoods in San Francisco and Cleveland. Read more

Cleveland is #5 on new “Worst Connected Cities” list

The National Digital Inclusion Alliance has just released Worst Connected Cities 2017. It’s based on the same American Community Survey data as CYC used in this post, but includes many smaller cities (the cutoff point is 50,000 households, not the 100,000 we used) and looks at a different metric: The percentage of households who told the Census they have no home Internet access of any kind. That means no smartphones, no satellite dishes, no dial-up connections and no “Internet access without a subscription”.  No connections at all.

So where does Cleveland rank among the 191 cities included in this comparison? Our city is fifth worst-connected among all these cities, with almost 27% of our households still lacking home Internet access of any kind in 2017. Read more