Tag Archives: digital inclusion

Alarming new FCC moves

FCC building.

Last Friday, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai rescinded close to a dozen policies of the FCC, including rulemakings on expanding the program providing Internet service to low income households, rulings on several TV stations’ violations of political file rules and further restricting TV shared services and joint sales agreements. Chairman Pai also announced the end of the Commission’s probe ... Read More »

Getting connected with Google Fiber at Midwinter 2017

Google fiber logo - colorful houses and rainbow bunny rabbit

In the ICYMI file, take note of a session newly added to OITP’s lineup at Midwinter – Getting Connected with Google Fiber: Libraries Leading the Way to Digital Inclusion. Using the internet is obviously not just a matter of a connection. Library professionals know very well that many people in their communities struggle to gain access to online resources and turn to ... Read More »

7 sessions + 1 party = Washington Office at Midwinter 2017

ALA 2017 Midwinter Meeting logo

What do Google, Inc., the Harvard School of Education, Georgia Department of Public Health and the Lakeview (Okl.) Elementary School have in common? If you guessed “the Washington Office lineup at Midwinter 2017,” you were right! Our sessions cover topics ranging from computer science education to professional development to family engagement in libraries. For your convenience, we’ve compiled a list ... Read More »

What does it mean to #ConnectALL?

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 »

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 »