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Content tagged with Digital Divide posted in October 2021
Where Biden's FCC pick Gigi Sohn stands on broadband
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10/29/2021   Post a comment
If confirmed, Biden's pick for FCC Commissioner, Gigi Sohn, will bring a strong voice for open, affordable Internet and public networks, just as the administration prepares for the largest federal broadband investment in history.
The Divide: Dr. Dominique Harrison on achieving digital equity in the Black Rural South
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10/28/2021   Post a comment
This week: Dr. Dominique Harrison, director of the Technology Policy Program at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, joins to discuss her recent research into the digital divide in the Black Rural South.
Airband secures 100M to boost UK rural fiber
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10/27/2021   Post a comment
UK-based broadband provider plans to cover 600,000 premises by 2025.
Biden finally moves on vacant FCC and NTIA posts
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10/26/2021   Post a comment
Following much public hand-wringing over the fate of the FCC, President Biden today announced he will nominate Jessica Rosenworcel and Gigi Sohn as commissioners, with Rosenworcel designated as Chair.
The Divide: How LUS Fiber makes the muni model work in Lafayette, Louisiana
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10/21/2021   Post a comment
This week: Ryan Meche, director of LUS Fiber, a municipal fiber provider in Lafayette, Louisiana, on why the city chose a municipal broadband model, how it's funded and how it works and the company's plans for a potential NTIA grant.
FCC clears another $554M for RDOF, led by Windstream approvals
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10/21/2021   Post a comment
The Commission's latest round of RDOF authorizations, its largest so far from a dollar standpoint, pushes total approvals of funding past $1 billion.
FCC vacancies threaten to derail US broadband plans
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10/14/2021   Post a comment
Without a permanent chair or adequate staff, and at risk of losing its Democratic majority, the FCC will fail to make meaningful progress on crucial broadband programs, a former agency official warns.
Digital gender gap has cost low-income countries $1T in GDP report
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10/12/2021   Post a comment
Barriers preventing women from accessing the Internet have cost low- and lower-middle income countries $1 trillion in GDP in the last ten years, according to new research from the World Wide Web Foundation and the Alliance for Affordable Internet.
TIM launches satellite service for underserved parts of Italy
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10/11/2021   Post a comment
New service is based on the Eutelsat Konnect satellite, but solving the digital divide remains a challenge.
FCC releases another $163M for RDOF as 'clean up' continues
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10/8/2021   Post a comment
RDOF bids spanning another 42 providers across 21 states were included in a second wave of funding authorization tied to phase I of the FCC's program.
The Divide: What Viasat's Evan Dixon wants DC to know about satellite broadband
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10/7/2021   Post a comment
This week: Evan Dixon, president of global fixed broadband at Viasat, discusses the company's role in tackling the digital divide in the US and abroad, and he pushes back on arguments from the fiber industry that satellite isn't 'future proof.'
38% of Black residents in rural south have no home broadband report
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10/7/2021   Post a comment
New Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies report offers key recommendations for policymakers to expand broadband in Black communities across the rural south.
Expensive 4G devices are keeping Africans offline
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10/6/2021   Post a comment
The cost of 4G smartphones is still a major factor keeping Africa's 2G usage high, according to a new report from Vodacom, Vodafone and Safaricom.
The Divide: How broadband impacts public health
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10/1/2021   Post a comment
This week, digital health equity consultant and President of Public Health Innovators Dr. Amy Sheon joins the podcast to discuss the impact of the digital divide, digital redlining on public health and how health policy and broadband policy need to intersect.




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Here's where you can find episode links for 'The Divide,' Light Reading's podcast series featuring conversations with broadband providers and policymakers working to close the digital divide.
As we have for the past two years, Light Reading will present our Cable Next-Gen Europe conference as a free digital symposium on June 21.
Charter has sparked RDOF work in all 24 states where it won bids. The cable op booked about $19 million in RDOF revenues in Q1, and expects to have about $9 million per month come in over the next ten years.
As we have for the past two years, Light Reading will stage the Cable Next-Gen Technologies & Strategies conference as a free digital event over two half-days in mid-March.
Launch of 2-Gig and 5-Gig FTTP tiers in 70-plus markets puts more pressure on cable ops to enhance their existing DOCSIS 3.1 network or accelerate their upgrade activity centered on the new DOCSIS 4.0 specs.
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