2016 Census data: Cleveland still third worst-connected big city

47% of Cleveland households still didn’t have “fixed” broadband Internet subscriptions (cable, DSL, fiber or satellite) in 2016, according to new American Community Survey One Year Estimates released last Thursday by the U.S. Census.

32% of our households lacked home Internet connections of any kind, including mobile wireless or dial-up accounts.

In both cases Cleveland’s percentages were the third worst among the 75 U.S. cities with 100,000 or more households. Read more

“Adoption Persistence” study shows long-term impact of grassroots digital inclusion program

Two days ago the Ashbury Senior Computer Community Center released an important new report: Adoption Persistence: A longitudinal study of the digital Inclusion impact of the Connect Your Community project

This new report, produced for ASC3 by CYC Research Director Samantha Schartman-Cycyk and Valdis Krebs of Orgnet LLC, outlines the findings of a unique “longitudinal” survey of participants in a large-scale community broadband adoption program. Read more

NDIA report: “Strategic Investment in Digital Equity” for Cleveland

The National Digital Inclusion Alliance today released a major new report, commissioned by the Cleveland Foundation, on the state of the digital divide in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County and the resources and programs currently supporting digital inclusion in our community.

Informing Strategic Investment in Digital Equity: Cleveland/Cuyahoga County includes local data, local resource mapping, program examples from other cities, and specific recommendations “to guide the Foundation’s staff and partners as they strategically determine how best to dedicate resources toward digital literacy, internet access and broad technological empowerment.”

News5: Digital divide in Cleveland among worst in the country

News5 Cleveland (WEWS): Digital divide in Cleveland among worst in the country

From the broadcast:

Living in the Stone Age – that is how some AT&T customers in Cleveland describe the quality of the internet service they’re getting from the communications giant.

The company is accused of failing to upgrade certain communities in the city with faster fiber technology.

Civil rights attorney Daryl Parks is representing three Cleveland women who he says live in neighborhoods with slow internet.  Read more