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

New Census data shows digital gaps at neighborhood level

The U.S. Census today released its 2017 American Community Survey data¬† on household Internet access and computer ownership for all of the nation’s 66,000 Census tracts.

Until now, this data has been released only for Census places (i.e. municipalities) with more than 20,000 residents, and only at the community-wide level. Today’s release marks the first time the Census’ “digital inclusion” statistics have become available for smaller communities, city neighborhoods and unincorporated areas.

So here are two maps that provide a first look at what the new, local ACS data reveals about the big differences in broadband access among neighborhoods and communities within Cuyahoga county… and even within the city of Cleveland. 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