THE LEWIS LATIMER PLAN FOR DIGITAL EQUITY AND INCLUSION
Our nation’s vast resources and technological capabilities
have never been greater, nor has the need for all Americans
to be connected.
Recommendation to Governor for Statewide Broadband Policy
Closing the “Digital Divide” and ensuring affordable, high-speed broadband access to all Californians has been a critical component of the California Economic Summit’s ongoing efforts in creating a more equitable, safe, and prosperous state. In the Regions Rise Together meetings that California Forward hosted with the Newsom Administration this year, it was the most frequently cited issue across all geographies as being the key to unlocking growth in the state’s regions.
Ontario Is Investing For the 21st Century
Ontario, California, a fast-growing city in the Inland Empire, leverages its growth with an ambitious fiber-to-the-home network.
Fiber Master Plan, City of Rancho Cucamonga
Progressive communities are relying upon municipal fiber-optic networks to thrive in the new digital world. As municipalities continue to adopt technology platforms, more emphasis is being placed on meeting the growing demands of their constituents through digital systems. Municipalities that have invested in fiber infrastructure realize the importance of these assets to their governmental operations and are beginning to leverage them to bring next-generation broadband to their communities.
California Emerging Technology Fund
CETF provides leadership statewide to close the "Digital Divide" by accelerating the deployment and adoption of broadband to unserved and underserved communities and populations.
Former Senator Martha Escutia on How to Close the Digital Divide
From telehealth to online schooling, COVID has made high-speed internet access more critical than ever. Yet 1 out of every 8 households in California still lacks broadband. Former State Senator Martha Escutia discusses how to close the digital divide.
California Broadband Council
The California Broadband Council (CBC) was established by SB 1462 (Chapter 338, Statutes of 2010) to promote broadband deployment in unserved and underserved areas of the state as defined by the Public Utilities Commission, and broadband adoption throughout the state.
County of Los Angeles COVID-19 Economic Resiliency Task Force Infrastructure Development and Construction Sector Recommendation Report
In the face of the COVID-19 crisis, the County must strengthen its commitment to sustainability, equity, and resilience in order to create a pathway for investment in a safe, healthy, and inclusive future.
BROADBAND MODELS FOR UNSERVED AND UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES
High-speed internet networks have connected America to an extent unprecedented in our history, bringing advances like digital commerce, telehealth, online education, and digital media to large cities, small towns, and everywhere in between. In recent months, the COVID-19 pandemic has emphasized the importance of our collective connectivity, with millions more people working and learning from home and nearly all of us looking to stay in contact with friends and loved ones.
However, using conservative assumptions, we estimate that more than 6,500 U.S. municipalities – nearly one-third of all cities – still lack access to the fast, reliable internet that makes all this possible.
Employment Effects of Subsidized Broadband Internet for Low-Income Americans
This research presents evidence on the relationship between broadband pricing and labor market outcomes for low-income individuals.
Ask the Expert: The digital divide that goes beyond access
It’s no secret — students need the internet. But without reliable access and time to spend in digital environments, rural students are falling behind their urban counterparts.
Impact of the digital divide in the age of COVID-19
By early March, the need for an immediate adaptation of our clinical care delivery system was clear. Within a week, clinics had transitioned from in-person visits to telehealth involving telephone or video. Screening processes for COVID-19 were quickly made available on a free online platform through which at-risk individuals were directed to drive-through centers for in-person testing.
The problem was that many of our patients could not access the online system.
How to solve California’s digital divide
The coronavirus pandemic has laid bare all manner of social issues and disparities, from child care accessibility to the weaknesses of an underfunded public health system.
Impact of the digital divide in the age of COVID-19
In our roles as directors of free clinics, we have become intimately involved with the complexity inherent to the care of underserved populations, including how seemingly innovative programs can sometimes not meet their intended goals.
Los Angeles County Economic Resiliency Task Force Comprehensive Report
California Interactive Broadband Map
‘Learning hubs’ opening across SF to help 6,000 kids in need with distance education
San Francisco officials are readying an unprecedented educational assistance program for the fall meant to help up to 6,000 children with their distance-learning needs, as parents and students confront the reality of starting the school year without classrooms during the COVID-19 pandemic.
California’s online community college still has much to prove
Calbright College, California’s online community college, may have survived elimination in the state’s budget, but the pressure is on to prove its value to the state.
Spectrum Internet® AssistExample of internet service that is trying to close the digital divide. High-speed internet at an affordable price. Spectrum Internet Assist is available exclusively to qualified households.
Exploring the Digital Divide: Age and Race Disparities in Use of an Inpatient Portal
Patient portals offer great potential to improve patient engagement and participation in their health care.2 However, while use of portals has continued to rise in the aggregate, this growth has not been distributed evenly across Americans, with low-income, African American, rural, and older adults repeatedly showing lower rates of use of these technologies.
From internet rights to streeteries, how the pandemic is changing working from home
In an event co-hosted by CalMatters and the Milken Institute, policymakers and advocates explain where they see the state heading — and why California desperately needs to bridge its digital divide.
Coronavirus: The Bay Area seniors who are left behind by a telehealth tech divide
Without internet access, getting health care is harder than ever.
Nearly all California schools ordered to shut down. Online classes mandatory
Education for at least 90% of the state will have to be held online. Schools cannot reopen unless their county’s coronavirus infections and hospitalizations are stable.
Willie Brown: We’re creating separate and very unequal school systems
Distance teaching is turning into what could be a giant step back to the days of de facto segregation in American education.
Major Components of Joint Economic Stimulus Plan
Sub-topics: New Revenues Without Raising Taxes; Support for Small Business; Protections for Working Families; Investments in our Green Economy
Digital divide research, achievements and shortcomings
From the end of the 1990s onwards the digital divide, commonly defined as the gap between those who have and do not have access to computers and the Internet, has been a central issue on the scholarly and political agenda of new media development. This article makes an inventory of 5 years of digital divide research (2000–2005).
Emergency Broadband Benefits (EBB)
The Federal Communications Commission started a temporary program to help eligible families pay for Home Internet service during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Revisiting the Digital Divide in the COVID‐19 Era
The digital divide limits opportunities for those without ready access to Internet. Movement online of essential activities during COVID‐19 took inadequate Internet service from inconvenient to emergency/crisis for many households. A negative correlation between rurality and Internet speed was found at the county level, highlighting the struggle for rural areas.
BB&K Completes Request for Review of FCC Small Cell Rules Before the Supreme Court
Best Best & Krieger LLP, together with Spiegel & McDiarmid, filed reply briefs Wednesday asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a decision by the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that upholds FCC rules limiting local authority to control the placement of small wireless facilities and to obtain fair rents for use of public property.
FCC Seeks Comments on How to Distribute $7.1 Billion in ‘Homework Gap Funding’
The Wireline Competition Bureau of the FCC will soon open a comments period, seeking input on how to best distribute the $7.1 billion Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF), aimed at helping close the so called homework gap.
Its 2020, Why is the Digital Divide still with us?
Far too many Americans still don't have access in their homes to the technology and affordable high-speed broadband they need to succeed in today's economy. We need to think of it as a civil and human right.
Guide to the Digital Divide: Causes, Impacts and Solutions
You may have heard the term “digital divide” thrown around in conversation or online, but what exactly does it mean? How can something that is seemingly readily available to everyone, and introduced to the world at the same time (the Internet, and new forms of technology) be seen so differently by so many? How is it that one person can pick up a smartphone and seemingly intuitively know how to use it while another can look at it, not even certain of what its purpose is?
Stanford University – Digital Divide Overview
To combat this, an organization entitled Plugged In began giving the community access to the future. Through their computer cluster and teaching programs, they are turning people on to the importance of technology. Our project will explore the current state of the "Digital Divide" and its related causes.
Digital Divide: the Technology Gap Between the Rich and the Poor
Even as technology becomes more affordable and internet access seems increasingly ubiquitous, a “digital divide” between rich and poor remains. The rich and educated are still more likely than others to have good access to digital resources according to the Pew Internet & American Life Project.
Bridge the digital divide with action on creating access to broadband for all
COVID-19 shines a harsh spotlight on California’s digital equity; we need action now from state leaders to extend the reach of broadband to all.
Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation’s California Bridging the Digital Divide Fund
The California Bridging the Digital Divide Fund is a joint effort of the Governor’s Office, State Board of Education, California Department of Education, and CDE Foundation. The CA BDD Fund is a centralized resource for state leadership to provide essential devices, connectivity, and related digital learning supports for PK-12 students, teachers, and their families.
California Public Utilities Commission Sponsored FCC Staff Webcast on the Release of the Digital Rural Opportunity Fund – significant funding released for closing the digital divide
CPUC Sponsored FCC Staff Webcast on Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF)
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Impact of the digital divide in the age of COVID-19
In early 2020, talks of preparation for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) were furiously circulating around the healthcare system nationwide, and having seen what was occurring in China, and later in Italy, we feared what was to come.
Education Equity in Crisis: The Digital Divide
The digital and technology resource divide is not a new phenomenon facing school-aged children of color and children experiencing poverty. A recent study found that, nationally, around 17% of children are unable to complete their homework due to limited internet access.
Broadband Internet Access Is a Social Determinant of Health!
Now, more than ever, broadband internet access (BIA) must be recognized as a social determinant of health. Disparities in access should be treated as a public health issue because they affect, "the health of people and communities where they live, learn, work and play."
Millions of Californians Lack the High-Speed Internet Capacity Needed to Get a Job
Most folks have internet access, right? If not a desktop setup, at least a phone that can connect you to the internet. When it comes to finding a job, a phone may be enough to fill out an application at McDonald’s or Home Depot if you have a reliable internet connection.
California’s Plan to Close the Digital Divide Hits Industry Roadblocks
California has $6 billion in federal COVID relief funds with which to close the digital divide, but advocates argue that telecom industry proposals could sabotage the state’s high stakes experiment in online democracy.
How Ending Digital Redlining Can Improve Health Care for the Poorest Angelenos
When the emerging COVID pandemic ended in-person appointments, clinics and patients rapidly shifted to telehealth visits. For Cynthia Gonzalez, a patient at the Venice Family Clinic, being able to talk with her therapist by phone, and later via video, was a lifeline.
Fake trees have taken root
Cell towers posing as palms, pines? That’s so L.A. A gentle breeze rustles the eucalyptus tree, its dark green foliage quivering under a cloudy Santa Ana sky.
State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Announces Task Force to Close Digital Divide – 2020
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced today the creation of a new task force to close the digital divide for California students who lack access to resources such as internet connectivity and devices.
Schools, unions leave parents in dark
A week before some California districts start school, many parents remain in the dark about what online learning will look like as teachers unions and districts negotiate instruction plans — in some cases behind closed doors.
The digital divide impacts on mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic
One of the most daunting unintended consequences of the digital revolution is the digital divide (DD), a pervasive social and information inequality. It negatively affects all sectors of society, and exerts compounding influences on other social inequities.
Economic Inequality, the Digital Divide, and Remote Learning During COVID-19
Wealth and education establish a cycle of intergenerational inequality. Wealthier households can provide more educational opportunities for their children, who then will have more chances to build wealth for themselves.
Disconnected in a pandemic: COVID-19 outcomes and the digital divide in the United States
Lack of access to the Internet and digital technologies could exacerbate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic through multiple pathways. Two years into the pandemic, U.S. counties with lower levels of home Internet or computer access are seeing higher COVID-19 case and death rates.
Digital Divide or Digital Provide? Technology, Time Use, and Learning Loss during COVID-19
COVID-19 school closure has caused a worldwide shift towards technology-aided home schooling. Given widespread poverty in developing countries, this has raised concerns over new forms of learning inequalities.
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Oakland Unified opens virtually with thousands of students lacking computers and hotspots
A citywide campaign in Oakland raised $12.5 million to purchase computers and Wi-Fi hotspots to equip students for distance learning, but school began on Monday and many students did not have what they needed to join in virtually.