Broadband, computer subsidies on the way for those who qualify

May 11, 2021
Applications open May 12 for low-income consumers who need help paying for faster, more reliable internet.
Those who qualify will receive a discount on their monthly internet bill and money toward a new computer.
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Native American community colleges see enrollment declines because of COVID-19

Apr 14, 2021
Some students lacked internet and other technology for remote learning. Some schools have provided incentives like free laptops.
In the fall, first-time-freshman enrollment at tribal colleges fell an average of 11% nationwide.
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For people without internet service, getting a vaccination appointment can be difficult

Mar 26, 2021
Appointment systems that rely on the internet don't take into account the digital divide in the U.S.
"That internet access problem is actually affecting the people that we need to be vaccinated the most: older people, people of color and other folks who have been traditionally marginalized," said Nicol Turner Lee, director of the Center for Technology Innovation at the Brookings Institution.
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Change in FCC leadership may renew net neutrality battle

Dec 1, 2020
Ajit Pai's departure could lead to a Democratic majority on the commission and is expected to spark new policy fights.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai speaks before a Senate panel in June. The commission's balance of power may change under the Biden administration.
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For many in rural parts of the U.S., internet access is still elusive

Oct 6, 2020
Rural counties in Mississippi received a $4.6 million grant to connect schools, businesses and public services to the internet.
The FCC has estimated it will take about $80 billion to bring broadband access to the whole country.
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Silicon Valley congressman on distributing tech jobs across the country

Aug 12, 2020
Rep. Ro Khanna says we need to expand access to the innovation economy.
U.S. Rep. Ro Khanna, Democrat of California.
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The Pivot Point

Jul 31, 2020
What technology will help us transition to a post-pandemic future?
Dr. Paul McKay, who is working on an vaccine for COVID-19, looks at bacteria containing the coronavirus' DNA fragments at Imperial College School of Medicine in London on Feb. 10.
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Should we treat internet service like a public utility?

The idea is that internet is not a luxury, but a fundamental part of participating in the economy.
The digital divide is more obvious than ever, as tens of millions of Americans still don't have access to reliable high-speed internet.
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U.S. census prepares for a digital count

Aug 12, 2019
The 2020 census will be the first to seek information online on a wide scale.
Forms for the 2010 census.
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Homework is much harder when you can't get online at home

Apr 4, 2019
What it's like to try to graduate high school without easy internet access.
Larry Brown gets online at the library or a friend’s house when he needs a good connection, bigger screen and keyboard to do homework. Like many New Orleans students, he doesn’t have internet service at home.
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