Keeping Tabs on the Digital Divide

The LinkAge

Weekly Wrap-Up, June 05, 2015

Writing for Tech Crunch, Nathan Eagle argues that the best way to provide free Internet is through an ad-supported model.

Project Loon, Robert Hof reports in Forbes, will begin testing in the northern hemisphere later this year. Meanwhile, Elon Musk’s SpaceX is working on satellites that will hopefully provide an Internet connection.

In the digital age when Internet is so seemingly ubiquitous, Kerry Flynn tells the stories of those who live without it.

Why do public libraries matter? “Far from serving as obsolescent repositories for dead wood,” explains the Nation, “libraries are integral, yet threatened, parts of the American social fabric.”

Internet and cable industries are not well favored in the American eye. As Brian Fung reports in the Washington Post, Internet providers and pay-TV companies were ranked as the least popular industries.

In the midst of the growing debate on Lifeline expansion, Julia Green explains in Wired why an Internet subsidy for low-income families is a good thing on the whole. Republicans, as Rebecca Ruiz reports in the New York Times, are not on board. On the other side of government, though, two senators and a congresswoman have formalized support for Lifeline in the form of the Broadband Adoption Act of 2015.


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