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Advocates for Digital Inclusion Address Different Facets of Bridging the Digital Divide

Adrienne Patton

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WASHINGTON, January 23, 2020 – The digital divide is a real division in the country, affects more than just rural areas and keeps Americans from crucial access to 21st Century skills, a diverse panel of digital inclusion experts said Thursday at an event here hosted by Next Century Cities.

The digital divide affects more than just rural areas, said National Digital Inclusion Alliance Executive Director Angela Siefer, speaking at Next Century Cities’ event on bipartisan technology policy.

Joshua Edmonds, director of Digital Inclusion for the city of Detroit, enthusiastically agreed. The digital divide is not going away, said Edmonds.

Edmonds said that funding to address the digital divide cannot just be allocated to rural areas while urban areas are ignored. He also complained about the high cost of broadband base packages in Detroit, he said.

Benton Institute for Broadband and Society Senior Fellow Jonathan Sallet compared the conventional focus on internet access and subscriptions to the needed prioritization on technology and people. People have to actually use the technology to reach opportunities and solutions, said Sallet.

Additionally, Siefer said that the lack of digital literacy is a major barrier to improving access to broadband success. And while she said that the biggest barrier to deployment was cost, people also need basic digital literacy skills.

Organizing coding camps for kids will not reap the desired effects if kids cannot practice at home or do not have a basic understanding of internet and technology, said Siefer.

While Edmonds fights for connectivity in Detroit, he sees a correlation between low connectivity and poverty rates., Edmonds said if the library closes, the next option for internet access is McDonald’s.

Tom Struble, Manager of Technology and Innovation, R Street Institute, said all levels of government can help in facilitating broadband adoption. Community leaders can push adoption because they are familiar with community issues, said Struble.

Struble stressed the goal should be reaching the demographic that has access to broadband and the money to pay for it, yet does not subscribe because they do not have the skills to use the internet. Users can engage more with their community through the internet, he said, whether through apps on their phones or government websites, and need the skills to do so.

Middle skill jobs no longer require a college degree, but a digital skill set, said Sallet. He was concerned that as income inequality rises and minority income trends dip beneath the average income, internet access is the key to economic opportunity and the local government is critical in closing the digital divide.

He said the nation needed to set a goal for everyone to have access to high performance broadband by the end of the decade, said Sallet.

Adrienne Patton was a Reporter for Broadband Breakfast. She studied English rhetoric and writing at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. She grew up in a household of journalists in South Florida. Her father, the late Robes Patton, was a sports writer for the Sun-Sentinel who covered the Miami Heat, and is for whom the press lounge in the American Airlines Arena is named.

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Popularity Of Telework And Telehealth Presents Unique Opportunities For A Post-Pandemic World

A survey released earlier this month illustrates opportunities for remote work and care.

Benjamin Kahn

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WASHINGTON, January 23, 2020 – The digital divide is a real division in the country, affects more than just rural areas and keeps Americans from crucial access to 21st Century skills, a diverse panel of digital inclusion experts said Thursday at an event here hosted by Next Century Cities.

The digital divide affects more than just rural areas, said National Digital Inclusion Alliance Executive Director Angela Siefer, speaking at Next Century Cities’ event on bipartisan technology policy.

Joshua Edmonds, director of Digital Inclusion for the city of Detroit, enthusiastically agreed. The digital divide is not going away, said Edmonds.

Edmonds said that funding to address the digital divide cannot just be allocated to rural areas while urban areas are ignored. He also complained about the high cost of broadband base packages in Detroit, he said.

Benton Institute for Broadband and Society Senior Fellow Jonathan Sallet compared the conventional focus on internet access and subscriptions to the needed prioritization on technology and people. People have to actually use the technology to reach opportunities and solutions, said Sallet.

Additionally, Siefer said that the lack of digital literacy is a major barrier to improving access to broadband success. And while she said that the biggest barrier to deployment was cost, people also need basic digital literacy skills.

Organizing coding camps for kids will not reap the desired effects if kids cannot practice at home or do not have a basic understanding of internet and technology, said Siefer.

While Edmonds fights for connectivity in Detroit, he sees a correlation between low connectivity and poverty rates., Edmonds said if the library closes, the next option for internet access is McDonald’s.

Tom Struble, Manager of Technology and Innovation, R Street Institute, said all levels of government can help in facilitating broadband adoption. Community leaders can push adoption because they are familiar with community issues, said Struble.

Struble stressed the goal should be reaching the demographic that has access to broadband and the money to pay for it, yet does not subscribe because they do not have the skills to use the internet. Users can engage more with their community through the internet, he said, whether through apps on their phones or government websites, and need the skills to do so.

Middle skill jobs no longer require a college degree, but a digital skill set, said Sallet. He was concerned that as income inequality rises and minority income trends dip beneath the average income, internet access is the key to economic opportunity and the local government is critical in closing the digital divide.

He said the nation needed to set a goal for everyone to have access to high performance broadband by the end of the decade, said Sallet.

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Virt Seeks To Serve As The Hub To Find And Join Virtual Events

Launched last week, virt.com hopes to take advantage of the rise in virtual events by crowdsourcing them in one place.

Tim White

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WASHINGTON, January 23, 2020 – The digital divide is a real division in the country, affects more than just rural areas and keeps Americans from crucial access to 21st Century skills, a diverse panel of digital inclusion experts said Thursday at an event here hosted by Next Century Cities.

The digital divide affects more than just rural areas, said National Digital Inclusion Alliance Executive Director Angela Siefer, speaking at Next Century Cities’ event on bipartisan technology policy.

Joshua Edmonds, director of Digital Inclusion for the city of Detroit, enthusiastically agreed. The digital divide is not going away, said Edmonds.

Edmonds said that funding to address the digital divide cannot just be allocated to rural areas while urban areas are ignored. He also complained about the high cost of broadband base packages in Detroit, he said.

Benton Institute for Broadband and Society Senior Fellow Jonathan Sallet compared the conventional focus on internet access and subscriptions to the needed prioritization on technology and people. People have to actually use the technology to reach opportunities and solutions, said Sallet.

Additionally, Siefer said that the lack of digital literacy is a major barrier to improving access to broadband success. And while she said that the biggest barrier to deployment was cost, people also need basic digital literacy skills.

Organizing coding camps for kids will not reap the desired effects if kids cannot practice at home or do not have a basic understanding of internet and technology, said Siefer.

While Edmonds fights for connectivity in Detroit, he sees a correlation between low connectivity and poverty rates., Edmonds said if the library closes, the next option for internet access is McDonald’s.

Tom Struble, Manager of Technology and Innovation, R Street Institute, said all levels of government can help in facilitating broadband adoption. Community leaders can push adoption because they are familiar with community issues, said Struble.

Struble stressed the goal should be reaching the demographic that has access to broadband and the money to pay for it, yet does not subscribe because they do not have the skills to use the internet. Users can engage more with their community through the internet, he said, whether through apps on their phones or government websites, and need the skills to do so.

Middle skill jobs no longer require a college degree, but a digital skill set, said Sallet. He was concerned that as income inequality rises and minority income trends dip beneath the average income, internet access is the key to economic opportunity and the local government is critical in closing the digital divide.

He said the nation needed to set a goal for everyone to have access to high performance broadband by the end of the decade, said Sallet.

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Starry and Non-Profit PCs for People Seek Affordable Connectivity, Affordable Devices and Digital Literacy

Benjamin Kahn

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Photo of Starry Senior Vice President Virginia Adams from Public Knowledge

WASHINGTON, January 23, 2020 – The digital divide is a real division in the country, affects more than just rural areas and keeps Americans from crucial access to 21st Century skills, a diverse panel of digital inclusion experts said Thursday at an event here hosted by Next Century Cities.

The digital divide affects more than just rural areas, said National Digital Inclusion Alliance Executive Director Angela Siefer, speaking at Next Century Cities’ event on bipartisan technology policy.

Joshua Edmonds, director of Digital Inclusion for the city of Detroit, enthusiastically agreed. The digital divide is not going away, said Edmonds.

Edmonds said that funding to address the digital divide cannot just be allocated to rural areas while urban areas are ignored. He also complained about the high cost of broadband base packages in Detroit, he said.

Benton Institute for Broadband and Society Senior Fellow Jonathan Sallet compared the conventional focus on internet access and subscriptions to the needed prioritization on technology and people. People have to actually use the technology to reach opportunities and solutions, said Sallet.

Additionally, Siefer said that the lack of digital literacy is a major barrier to improving access to broadband success. And while she said that the biggest barrier to deployment was cost, people also need basic digital literacy skills.

Organizing coding camps for kids will not reap the desired effects if kids cannot practice at home or do not have a basic understanding of internet and technology, said Siefer.

While Edmonds fights for connectivity in Detroit, he sees a correlation between low connectivity and poverty rates., Edmonds said if the library closes, the next option for internet access is McDonald’s.

Tom Struble, Manager of Technology and Innovation, R Street Institute, said all levels of government can help in facilitating broadband adoption. Community leaders can push adoption because they are familiar with community issues, said Struble.

Struble stressed the goal should be reaching the demographic that has access to broadband and the money to pay for it, yet does not subscribe because they do not have the skills to use the internet. Users can engage more with their community through the internet, he said, whether through apps on their phones or government websites, and need the skills to do so.

Middle skill jobs no longer require a college degree, but a digital skill set, said Sallet. He was concerned that as income inequality rises and minority income trends dip beneath the average income, internet access is the key to economic opportunity and the local government is critical in closing the digital divide.

He said the nation needed to set a goal for everyone to have access to high performance broadband by the end of the decade, said Sallet.

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