(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
The National Digital Inclusion Alliance’s third big national gathering of digital inclusion practitioners, leaders and advocates will happen in mid-April in downtown Cleveland.
Net Inclusion 2018 will take place at the Global Center for Health Innovation and the Cleveland Public Library’s Main Branch, beginning with pre-conference workshops and tours on Tuesday April 17, and continuing through Thursday April 19th. More than 250 participants are expected from across the country. Read more
Connect Your Community has joined with two hundred other organizations in a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, urging him to “reject the… (FCC’s) new proposals that will debilitate the Lifeline program, the only federal program targeted at assisting low-income households with the cost of broadband and telephone service”.
The joint letter, coordinated by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and signed by 201 religious, civil rights, social service, technology and community organizations throughout the U.S., was sent to Pai today. CYC partners Digital C and Connected Insights, as well as the National Digital Inclusion Alliance, are also signers. (NDIA has submitted its own formal comments opposing the FCC proposals.)
You can download a copy of our letter to Chairman Pai here.
The FCC’s “Notice of Proposed Rulemaking” on Lifeline, aimed at dismantling much of the “Lifeline broadband” structure created by the agency in 2016 under Pai’s predecessor Thomas Wheeler, is on track for action as early as April or May.
and ask your friends, family, neighbors and co-workers to sign it too!