Keeping Tabs on the Digital Divide

The LinkAge

Weekly Wrap-Up, March 06, 2015

By Maurizio Pesce from Milan, Italia (Sundar Pichai, SVP, Chrome and Apps, Google) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia CommonsBy Maurizio Pesce from Milan, Italia (Sundar Pichai, SVP, Chrome and Apps, Google) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

How can we provide access to the developing world? Brookings’ Darrell West recently authored a paper examining the barriers currently in place. According to his research, policies that might lower these barriers include: (1) zero rating services, (2) reducing taxes, and (3) diversifying content.

Reporting for NPR, Lauren Frayer explains Portugal’s public Wi-Fi system. Over 600 buses and taxis in the city have been fitted with wireless routers, creating a roaming Wi-Fi network in Porto.

Groups are continuing to react online slots to the FCC’s decisions last week. New America’s Lindsey Tepe examines the net neutrality ruling’s implications for educational technology. And, as Todd Spangler reports in Variety, Netflix’s CEO notes that the company wishes there was a less regulated solution.

In light of the ruling on Municipal Broadband, Tony Abraham offers lessons learned from Philadelphia’s failed municipal broadband efforts.

This week, Google”s Sundar Pichai (pictured above) announced that it will limited mobile phone service in the United States. What’s the bigger picture here? “Google’s experiments,” writes Cade Metz in Wired, “will help push the rest of the market in the same direction.”


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