Cleveland City Council wards where Digital Justice should be an election issue

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?

In almost all these same tracts, at least 40% of households had no fixed broadband connection at any speed. Here’s our online map of those tracts with the ward lines shown, but not the ward numbers.

Please note: The only neighborhood wifi access provided by the City of Cleveland is in Ward 13 — and it doesn’t include the ward’s under-connected northeast corner!

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