Digital Divide

What does it mean to #ConnectALL?

Expanding broadband access to all Americans is the goal of the #ConnectALL initiative.

Last Wednesday, the White House announced the #ConnectALL initiative and a goal to connect 20 million more people to broadband by 2020. That’s right — 20 million! According to the Pew Research Center, only about 67 percent of Americans have home broadband access, or roughly 80 percent when factoring in access via smartphones. Cost is the major reason most people ... Read More »

Long-awaited Open eBooks app launched

A young boy enjoys reading an ebook on his tablet.

Today, the White House announced that the Open eBooks app to put ebooks in the hands of lower income children and young adults aged 4-18, is up and running. The Open eBooks service to provide age appropriate reading materials, was developed in partnership with the Digital Public Library of America, the New York Public Library, FirstBook, and Baker & Taylor. ... Read More »

Libraries celebrate 20th anniversary of telecom act

Libraries are celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the 1996 Telecommunications Act this week!

When the 1996 Telecommunications Act was signed into law, only 28% of libraries provided public internet access. What a dizzying two decades we’ve experienced since then! It’s hard to imagine how #librariestransform without also considering the innovations enabled by the Act and the E-rate program it created. Libraries were named one of seven major application areas for the National Information ... Read More »

Public libraries, employment & digital inclusion

Digital Inclusion Surveys explore how public libraries build digitally inclusive communities.

Co-Authoring the Digital inclusion blog series are John Bertot* and Larra Clark** For more than five years, the Public Libraries and the Internet survey has explored how libraries leverage their technology resources and services to enable employment opportunity for community members. The research consistently shows libraries go beyond bridging the digital inclusion gap by providing computer and Internet access to ... Read More »

Connecting all Americans to broadband

Closing the broadband gap is an essential policy goal. Image from The Guardian.

Broadband access enables individuals to participate in a connected society and has been transforming lives with easier access to virtually everything from health care and education to farming operations and government services. Yet even though being connected to the broadband seems an imperative goal for today’s society, not all Americans are able to enjoy its economic and social benefits. In ... Read More »