Category: Internet

Thousands of Michigan students will get free WiFi hotspots and internet for remote learning

KENT COUNTY, MI – Kevin Polston has seen firsthand the digital divide in K-12 education that was exposed by the coronavirus pandemic in Michigan and across the country.

As superintendent of Godfrey-Lee Public Schools – a district where 95% of students come from economically disadvantaged families, and 6% of families are homeless – Polston knows access to reliable internet is not a guarantee for all Michigan students, particularly in urban and rural communities.

With most Michigan schools still conducting some form of remote learning due to COVID-19, the internet has become an essential component of getting a quality education, Polston

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Our View: Bridging the digital divide | Opinion

If we didn’t lead digital lives before the pandemic, we certainly do now. We’ve been to class and work from our kitchen tables. We’ve visited with grandchildren and gone to the doctor on Zoom. We’ve ordered groceries, attended a Passover seder or celebrated Easter services online.

If access to technology and the internet weren’t essential before the pandemic, they certainly are now. Thirteen months after we retreated into our homes amid the first closures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, connectivity is as essential to work, education, health and social wellbeing as water, sewer, electricity and gas service.

And we

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How 5G Will Bring High-Speed Internet To Underserved Communities

Most headlines about the fifth generation of mobile networks focus on the blazing-fast speeds and higher bandwidth users will see from 5G devices. But another, less hyped aspect of the new technology, which carriers began deploying in late 2019, will have an outsized impact on millions of people in the U.S. alone.

As carriers upgrade the network, people in rural areas and other broadband dead zones will gain the same access to the internet that their urban neighbors have long taken for granted.

Allen Pratt, executive director of the National Rural Education Association, said broadband connectivity would go a

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Biden’s infrastructure plan seeks to solve longstanding problem with the internet, but will face familiar opposition

President Biden’s proposed $2 trillion infrastructure plan seeks to do for the internet what it also promises to do for the nation’s decaying bridges, roads, ports, airports and transit systems: Ensure safe access to necessary services.

The “digital divide” was accentuated during the coronavirus pandemic, as children unable to connect to online classes — especially in households with brothers or sisters doing the same — were left behind. The American Jobs Plan promises roughly $100 billion over 8 years to bring high-speed broadband to the masses, especially in rural America, which every president since Ronald Reagan has vowed to help … Read More

The IAB 2020/2021 Internet Advertising Revenue Report

Last year, spending confidence and economic activity plunged, with advertisers pausing campaigns and shifting ad dollars from traditional to digital media. According to the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s 2020/2021 Internet Advertising Revenue Report, that shift resulted in an overall 12.2 percent increase in digital ad revenue last year compared to 2019.

The first half of 2020 was hit particularly hard, with digital ad revenue growth in Q2 declining 5.2 percent YoY. Nevertheless, IAB’s analysis reveals that those losses were offset by revenues in Q3 and Q4—an increase of 11.7 percent and 28.7 percent, respectively.

Lockdown-induced behavior, including the rise in adoption

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Myanmar’s internet suppression

Photo of demonstrators in Yangon, Myanmar, during a protest against the military coup on Feb. 15, 2021.

In Myanmar, the junta’s intensifying crackdowns on protesters in the street are mirrored by its rising restrictions online.

In Myanmar, the junta’s intensifying crackdowns on protesters in the street are mirrored by its rising restrictions online.

In the early hours of Feb. 1, Myanmar’s military seized power in a coup that has ignited months of mass protests. The military junta’s security forces have since killed more than 550 civilians in crackdowns on the pro-democracy protesters, including children.

To try to suppress protests, the junta has imposed increasing restrictions on internet access, culminating in a near total shutdown as of April

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