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Connected Communities in an Age of Digital Learning: Webcast Archive Available
On February 27, the New America Foundation presented the live webcast, "Connected Communities in an Age of Digital Learning: A Vision for a 21st Century E-rate Program."
The webcast addressing the modernization of the E-rate program is now archived and available to view.
As technology advances, schools must find ways to keep up. At the root of their success is connectivity in the communities. From the announcement:
Yet many communities lack robust Internet connectivity, which is a key prerequisite to using these tools. Libraries and schools across the country report that they do not have the necessary speeds and equipment to support the digital learning environments of today, let alone tomorrow. Sustaining and upgrading the Internet infrastructure that supports these community anchor institutions is critical. And in addition to physical infrastructure, these communities need investments in social infrastructure: support systems in and around community institutions that help facilitate digital literacy, support broadband access, and encourage meaningful broadband adoption.
The panel included experts in education, library science, and technology. Featured speakers were:
- Richard Culatta, Director, Office of Educational Technology, U.S. Department of Education
- Susan Hildreth, Director, Institute of Museum and Library Services
- Melanie Huggins, CEO, Richland Library, South Carolina
- Pam Moran, Superintendent, Albemarle County Public Schools, Virginia
- Greta Byrum, Senior Field Analyst, New America's Open Technology Institute
Making Waves in Baltimore with Community-Driven Connectivity
Following Through on Transparency: A Broadband Nutrition Label Status Report
The FCC is under deadline to release an order to “promulgate regulations to require the display of” the broadband nutrition label by November 15 of this year. We’ve taken a moment here to re-access the issue, offer a few updates, and highlight the ingredients of a label that will keep providers accountable and foster transparency within the broadband market.
NDIA’s Digital Navigator Corps Goes Nationwide with $10M Grant
Two years after launching a community-based model to help residents overcome the digital skills challenges that keep so many offline, the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA) announced in February 2022 that it has received a $10 million grant from Alphabet subsidiary Google to dramatically expand the impact of its Digital Navigator Corps model across the country. The money will allow NDIA to take the Corps nationwide to 18 new communities (including Tribal sites), helping thousands of people overcome adoption barriers with the help of local experts.
Dickson, Tennessee Aims to Bring Community-Powered Fiber Across Seven Counties
<p>Dickson, Tennessee (pop. 15,500) was the third municipal electric system to take power from the Tennessee Valley Authority after its creation in 1933, but the utility actually predates the regional electric generation system by almost 30 years.
Want to Work with Community Anchor Institutions? SHLB is Hiring a Policy Advocate/Director!
The Schools, Health, & Libraries Bradband Coalition is hiring for a new position that will work with state and federal policymakers to advance its mission to “to close the digital divide by promoting high-quality broadband for anchor i
San Marcos, Texas Votes to Look for Partnerships and Alternatives to Building Municipal Network
The San Marcos City Council held a working session in August to review a presentation on the state of broadband in the Texas city and decide whether it should pursue a municipal broadband option. While some members wanted to pursue a fiber-to-the-home municipal network after the presentation, others pushed back despite the fact that the city has its own fiber I-Net (Institutional Network).