Keeping Tabs on the Digital Divide

The LinkAge

Weekly Wrap-Up, October 31, 2014

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An update on the net neutrality debate: Chairman Wheeler considers a hybrid policy that expands the FCC’s authority over broadband. This would entail partially reclassifying Internet service providers as common carriers. In response, Verizon threatened to sue the FCC if broadband is reclassified as a utility.

On Brookings, Karen Mossberger, Caroline Tolbert, and Christopher Anderson examine the impact digital literacy has had on Chicago’s Smart Communities, neighborhoods that received Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) investments.

The expansion of fiber networks, argues Pablo Valerio, is exacerbating the digital divide.

In a new report, the Consortium for School Networking identifies affordability and adequate funding as the biggest barriers facing schools in utilizing education technology.

Tom Davenport contends the most import technological skill employees can learn is coding.

Does Google Fiber really intend to roll out everywhere or does it just want a more competitive market? It’s unclear, reports the Washington Post’s Brian Fung.

Facebook’s Internet.org app expands, now offering free basic Internet access to people in Tanzania.

New York politicians offer another stipulation for the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger: Comcast must provide free Internet to all public housing residents. In other Comcast news, the company applied for a trademark on the phrase “True Gig,” hinting at its plans to test gigabit Internet in its markets.

This past week, Hungarians took to the streets to protest a potential Internet tax. The large protests succeeded, and the Hungarian prime minister has agreed to withdraw the tax.

Jon Brodkin, writing for Ars Technica, examines the work cities are doing to improve broadband.


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