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Using the FCC Speed Test app could help close the digital divide

It’s time to test your internet speed for the greater good.

The FCC is asking the public for help in the agency’s efforts to accurately map broadband availability and speeds across the country. An easy way to support the cause? Download the FCC Speed Test app, available on iOS and Android

When you open the app, you’ll see how fast your download and upload speeds are, as well as other metrics that reflect the speed and strength of your internet connection for both mobile and in-home networks. The FCC will also receive that (anonymized) information to help them compile

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LG is to close mobile phone global business

LG is to close mobile phone global business. That means ceasing phone, design, manufacturing, and sales to focus on growth sectors, including Electric vehicles, IoT and B2Bb solutions

LG’s strategic decision to exit the incredibly competitive mobile phone sector will enable the company to focus resources in growth areas such as electric vehicle components, connected devices, smart homes, robotics, artificial intelligence and business-to-business solutions, platforms and services.

Current LG phone inventory will continue to be available for sale. LG will provide service support and software updates for customers of existing mobile products with its contractual obligations, manufacturer’s warranty and Australian

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Dallas ISD’s cell tower pilot is a worthy experiment to close the digital divide

School districts learned the hard way from a year of disrupted and disjointed remote learning that the digital divide is a major impediment to academic achievement, particularly to children from impoverished backgrounds.

Districts found that internet access away from school classrooms may be limited to a parent’s smartphone, simply not readily available or prohibitively expensive for some families. The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas estimates that roughly 42% of Dallas households do not have high-speed internet. Many of those households have school-age children, so a remarkable number of students lose internet access when the school day ends.

Enter Dallas ISD

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Opinion: We have to close the digital divide. That means internet access for everyone

Full participation in 21st-century society requires everyone to have a reliable broadband connection to access work, healthcare, education and government resources. Many Americans, including millions who have lost their jobs during the pandemic, have yet to adopt broadband because they are simply unable to afford it.

Research shows that those who are most at risk of being on the wrong side of this divide are Black, Latinx, Indigenous or low-income. No family should have to decide between putting groceries on the table or getting their household connected. We must focus on the needs of our most marginalized communities
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