The state of digital equity
- Broadband’s Impact: A Brief Literature Review – January 2018 by Roberto Gallardo and Brian Whitacre https://www.pcrd.purdue.edu/files/media/Broadbands-Impact-Final.pdf
- Unequal deployment of broadband services = September 11, 2017 – ://connectyourcommunity.org/ndia-report-strategic-investment-in-digital-equity-for-cleveland/
- Seattle 2016 Digital Equity Plan – https://www.seattle.gov/tech/initiatives/digital-equity
- The National Digital Inclusion Alliance, founded in May 2015 describe their organization as a unified voice for local technology training, home broadband access and public broadband access programs. We work collaboratively to craft, identify and disseminate operational resources for digital inclusion programs while serving as a bridge to policymakers and the general public. Take a look at their site and consider joining. See NDIA’s recommendations to the federal government on digital inclusion as an example of their good work.
- The Benton Foundation has published a report on Digital Inclusion and Meaningful Broadband Adoption Initiatives, available as Benton-Foundation-DI-Report
- There is an initiative called “ConnectHome” led by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) working to accelerate broadband adoption by children and families living in HUD-assisted housing across the nation. Due to security vulnerabilities, the http://connecthome.hud.gov/ has been taken down, but the updates should be wrapping up and the site relaunched soon (as of 3/21/2017).
The NDIA Digital Inclusion pilot project is working to develop a digital literacy curriculum repository. This effort has kicked off in 2017.
Partnership for Progress on the Digital Divide also has an initiative underway to develop a Digital Divide Research and Resources Library to service as a repository for research and resources.
In the interim, here are a list of resources, particular focused on economic impact of digital training. A portion of the contributions were made in the context of NDIA discussion in July, 2016:
- US AID Report: Feb, 2017 Connecting the Next Four Billion: Strengthening the Global Response for Universal Internet Access
- US AID Report: Feb 2017 Closing the Access Gap: Innovation to Accelerate Universal Internet Adoption
- Roberto Gallardo of Mississippi State University has launched a page of research on digital literacy, populated with studies he has been involved in.
- Papers on Digital Skills and Earning:
- Benton-Foundation-Digital Inclusion and Meaningful Broadband Adoption Initiatives
- Chapter 6 New Technology and Digital Worlds Analyzing Evidence of Equity in Access Use and Outcomes
- Colleges teaching digital skills can bridge middle skills gap 1
- Connect Your Community – Employment Impact Survey
- Developing digital immigrants computer literacy the case of unemployed women
- Digital inequalities and why they matter
- Does having digital skills really pay off
- Employer Perceptions of Critical Information Literacy Skills and Digital Badges
- Gallipolis 2 pager
- Make Money Surfing the Web – The Impact of Internet Use on the Earnings of U.S. Workers
- Measuring_Relationship_between_Digital_Skills and employability
- Prospects for Poor Neighborhoods in the Broadband Era Neighborhood Level Influences on Technology Use at Work
- Rethinking Digital Inequalities The Experience of the Marginalized in Community Technology Center
- Searching for work in the digital era
- The empty rhetoric of the smart city from digital inclusion to economic promotion in Philadelphia
- The Key to a Good-Paying Job Is_Microsoft Excel_ – At Work – WSJ
- The Training Difference – How Formal Training on the Internet Impacts
- New Users
- What the Experts are Saying_DW_final_updated
Lifeline Services and Broadband
For the latest information on Lifeline and Broadband, check out USAC’s Lifeline Modernization Implementation Newsletter.
The FCC is reconsidering the policy to extend Lifeline’s monthly credit for low-income households to include broadband which was made in December of 2016. See this link for the Modernization document, and this link for the Order of Reconsideration revoking Lifeline Broadband Provider designations for 9 carriers. For reactions to the revocation, and other FCC policies see:
- NDIA’s December 2017 blog post onImpending Changes to FCC’s Lifeline Program
- NDIA’s blog on September 2017 Blog on broadband for all Americans
- NDIA’s open letter to FCC Chairman Pai
- Benton Foundation’s The FCC is Sucking the Life out of Lifeline
- Wired Magazine’s Millions need the broadband program the FCC just put on hold
- New York Times editorial An Anti-Consumer Agenda at the F.C.C.
For additional perspectives on the original extension of lifeline to include broadband, see:
- Benton Foundation newsletter about Lifeline
- Policy Brief summarizing the FCC lifeline vote, news release, and statements.
- Connected Nation’s national fact sheet.
City- and State-based Initiatives
- Austin’s Digital Strategic Inclusion Plan
- There is an initiative in California to provide Internet for all, raised originally in the context of a Comcast-Time Warner merger http://www.internetforallnow.org/
- The Kansas City Coalition for Digital Inclusion
- Minneapolis’s Digital Inclusion Page describing the efforts in their city
- New York efforts include
- Free Library of Philadelphia is holding a hearing on a resolution to offer mobile hotspot lending on Monday April 3
- Portland’s page on Broadband and Digital Equity
- The San Francisco Department of Technology’s page on Digital Inclusion
- Seattle has a mature and robust program for increasing digital literacy. Here are links to Seattle’s take on Digital Equity and their Digital Equity Initiative.
If you are aware of others, please send us an email or use the contact form.