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

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