Access Denied Ep. 6: Rural America Has a Serious Internet Access Problem (ft. Garris Stroud and Christina Trosper)

Internet is not a luxury, it is a necessity, and should be a right. This is not a Blue or Red or rural or urban issue, its a universal problem that should bring us together to create a level playing field, incredible interview with some good troublemakers from Kentucky, please watch, share and get involved


The Geography of Opportunity in Oakland; The Digital Divide Edition

The past is not dead, in fact it is not even past, to misquote Faulkner.  The specters of racially exclusive policies still weigh heavily on Oakland’s underserved families.  From asthma rates, to environmental stress, to attendance, to school quality, and now even internet access, for the 25,000 students that need support.  We can trace our…


A local-to-global perspective on the digital divide in Oakland

When Anietie “Nate” Udofia thinks about the digital divide in Oakland, and the “new normal” public education is facing because of the pandemic, he does so with a global perspective. Udofia is a Nigerian American who has decades of experience working on distance learning and helping communities gain access to digital tools.  He sees similarities…


What I Learned from Reading Nearly 500 Complaints to the FCC, What We Can Do

“Consumer has a disabled son at home. He needs his service to get information to and from the teachers for his son. Consumer called proactively to let them know he wouldn’t be able to pay on the 17th until he got his stimulus check from the government. Due to COVID-19 he is unemployed and is…


Who Gets Paid and Who Gets Served, Why Oakland’s 12 Million Dollar Plan Wont Close the Digital Divide

I appreciate the generosity of those that gave to the so called “Oakland Undivided” campaign.  There are literally thousands of underserved Oakland students who cannot get into the digital school house door.   It was encouraging to see the fundraising goal met in less than a week.  I am a lot less encouraged by the actual…