Comcast partnered with the City of Boston recently to provide low cost Internet service to students who graduated from one of the federally funded Computer training programs offered in the city. The students will get the service for 10.95 the first year and 15.95 the second year. The program will allow the newly trained students to afford Internet access that was previously out of reach. The combination of training and access is a great step [...]
Do Increased Numbers in Broadband Access Among Black Homes Mean we are Moving in the Right Direction?
The Latest Pew Report show a pretty significant increase in broadband access in black homes over 2009. So much so that the New York Times online did a story about it here. While my first reaction is that of excitement I want to make sure we don’t get too confident. While the growth is significant, our numbers pale in comparison to mainstream America. More and more people are beginning the realize the importance of having access [...]
The last few days have seen the best and worst of the Net Neutrality debate. First, I encourage you to watch this video on CNET – http://cnettv.cnet.com/net-neutrality/9742-1_53-50091412.html?tag=mncol;2n . You will see two experts do a superb job summarizing the Net Neutrality issue. You may not agree with every point (I didn’t), but you will have a far better grasp of the topic. I do agree with Maggie Reardon of CNET and author Larry Downes that the [...]
This post was originally posted on Blackweb20.com There have been reports recently touting the growth in the use of the mobile web by African Americans and English–speaking Latinos. Research by Pew Internet & American Life Project found African-Americans and English-speaking Latinos continue to be among the most active users of the mobile web. About 64 percent of African-Americans access the Internet from a laptop or mobile phone, a seven-point increase in just one year. Cell [...]
As we approach the Thursday, January 14, 2010 deadline to comment on the FCC’s proposed rules for Network Neutrality, I’m reminded of the marbled halls of the FCC and the relative frenzy that has consumed our nation’s capital, and all of the politicians, lawyers and lobbyists who are involved in this contentious issue. But really, my mind is somewhere else today. Today, I’m thinking of the young woman in Detroit who has a dream of [...]