Keeping Tabs on the Digital Divide

The LinkAge

Weekly Wrap-Up, October 17, 2014

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The debate surrounding net neutrality surges on. President Obama stated that he is “unequivocally committed to net neutrality.” Somewhat surprisingly, General Motors entered the debate, urging the FCC not to increase regulations.

Writing for the Hill, Naimish Patel and Hemant Taneja explain what the FCC can learn from the energy regulation debate. In MIT Technology Review, George Anders argues that we’re looking at the net neutrality battle the wrong way: “We need a net neutrality strategy that prevents the big Internet service providers from abusing their power—but still allows them to optimize the Internet for the next wave of innovation and efficiency.”

The Miami Herald reported on how 25 percent of students in Miami-Dade School District don’t have home access and what the district is doing to fix that problem.

A new report from the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) shows that mobile usage (especially for things other than voice communication) is on the rise. While disparities in mobile phone adoption between minorities and white populations have vanished, more affluent users are still engaging in a wider range of activities than lower-income populations.

Google filed an application to conduct tests in California across wireless spectrums. Jeff Sorensen of BGR wonders if this might be Google testing ultra-fast wireless service.

And finally, while the Internet has been around for a while, this year saw the first-ever Internet Addiction Disorder.