“Starting with the Community” How Oakland is Closing the Digital Divide, and How We Build Back Better

Please check out our latest podcast https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=1475654196124338&ref=watch_permalink We have moved from 12% of low income students connected to 97%.  This is great porgress but the battle is not won.  Oakland has a massive investment coming for broadband infrastructure, enough to connect every family to fiber.  Whether this actually happens and we actually invest in our…


From 12% to 97%, How Oakland Is Bridging the Digital Divide and How We Close it Forever

From 12% to 97%, How Oakland is Bridging the Digital Divide and How We Close it Forever Join us Tuesday 9/21 at 1 Pacific for Getting Oakland to 100, Episode 3 of Desegregate the Internet Oakland is hailed as a national model for closing the digital divide.  And the numbers are impressive.  Oakland Undivided states…


Digital Redlining – A recap!

Yesterday, we had a fantastic conversation with Public Knowledge‘s Chris Lewis on Digital Redlining. You can catch the full broadcast here. Its not a coincidence that the old redlining maps, which racially restricted housing, align almost perfectly with the current mapping of broadband access. And this lack of connections in places like Oakland is not…


More Families Have Broadband Access But the Internet Isn’t Desegregated Yet

Last year, Great School Voices leader Dirk Tillotson urged the nation on his Citizen Ed show Access Denied to pursue an #InternetForAll agenda to get all kids connected to the internet regardless of their families’ ability to pay for internet service provider bills. In times of lockdown, after all, how else are students supposed to…


Struggling with Access? 29 Million Families Are Eligible for Free Broadband NOW and Haven’t Applied for the Benefits, Short and Long Term Answers to the Digital Divide And More in Our Latest Podcast

When Covid hit, 16 million children couldn’t adequately access virtual schooling.  The number is now at 12 million, we need to get it to zero.  This is 100% doable.  And there are some current programs like the Emergency Broadband Benefit, which pays $50-75 per month for broadband, and is only being used by 15% of…