Digital Impact Group: Persistent Digital Divide Among Low-Income Individuals
Broadband Plan Commentary, Expert Opinion, National Broadband Plan
March 8th, 2010
PHILADELPHIA, Penn., March 8, 2010 – There is a persistent digital divide among low-income individuals, households, and communities throughout the US, as it relates to “always on” high-speed Internet access in homes. Over 100 million individuals representing over 40 million households do not use broadband because they cannot access it, cannot afford it, do not know how to use it, or are not aware of its benefits.
Affluent Minorities Embrace Broadband, But Gap Remains
Broadband Data, Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact
March 1st, 2010
WASHINGTON, March 1, 2010 – Affluent minorities are making big gains in broadband adoption, but lower-income, less educated black and Hispanics are lagging behind, according to a new study.
Minority Journalist Group Wants Net Neutrality Rules
Broadband Updates, Net Neutrality
November 21st, 2009
A group representing journalists of color has come out in support of the concept of network neutrality. The Federal Communications Commission is currently considering proposed rules to regulate Internet access in an attempt to keep the Internet more open and support so-called Net neutrality principles.
Summit Speakers Want More Broadband Access For Minorities, Criticize Net Neutrality
National Broadband Plan, Net Neutrality
November 18th, 2009
WASHINGTON, November 18, 2009 – The opening speaker of a summit focused on improving broadband penetration to minority and low-income areas of the country, and criticized advocates of Net neutrality for being out of touch with the needs of minorities, as he attempted to enlist the mantle civil rights leader Martin Luther King into his cause.
“[L]et us remember the worlds of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., ‘All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face-to-face with another problem,’” said Julius Hollis, the founder of the Alliance for Digital Equality, in prepared remarks.
“If we fail to find common-ground on the issues before the U.S. Federal Communications Commission relative to the rulemaking governing broadband adoption, the financing of broadband infrastructure and the over-arching issue of net neutrality, the long-term socio-economic chaos that will be inflicted upon our society would be far too devastating to comprehend,” warned Hollis.
Conference Participants: Media and Internet Must Target Minorities
June 18th, 2008
June 17 – Black and Hispanic Americans need to be more prominent and “in positions of authority” within the media in order to appeal to a growing multicultural society, a former Clinton administration telecommunications official said Tuesday.