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Author: Alana O'Brien

Frontier Agrees to Fiber-Network Expansion in Plan to Exit Bankruptcy

Frontier Communications has agreed to expand its fiber-to-the-premises network and improve its poor service quality as part of a bankruptcy settlement in California. Frontier committed to deploy fiber to 350,000 homes and businesses within six years on a schedule that would require the first 100,000 […]

Southern California Leaders Hope to Close Digital Divide

A new Southern California effort aims to address an inequality spotlighted by the coronavirus pandemic — the digital divide.  Inland entrepreneur Steve PonTell and San Bernardino County Supervisor Curt Hagman are bringing together leaders in business, government, technology and other fields to find ways to close the […]

It’s Time to Secure our Digital Sidewalks

Prior to COVID-19, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) estimated at least 30 million Americans were on the wrong side of  the digital divide, and nearly 12 million children are part of “the homework gap” because they do not have access to broadband internet at home. […]

Call For New Federal Partnership On Broadband Access In California

Access to high-performance broadband is a civil rights issue according to Broadband for America Now, a report from the Benton Institute for Broadband & Society. An initial 2019 report, Broadband for America’s Future: A Vision for the 2020s, was scheduled to be updated this month to reflect […]

South Valley Middle School Students Receive Free Chromebooks

“We are grateful to Frontier Communications and the California Emerging Technology Fund for the generous donation of 100 Chromebooks,” said Deborah Padilla, director of Secondary Education and Curriculum. “Providing online access to all students in the community has been a challenge; yet the generosity of […]

California Makes 500K More Computing Devices Available to Schools

The California Department of Education has worked closely with technology companies to make available more than 500,000 more computing devices for California students in need, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced.  “We cannot stop until we know we have leveled the playing field for every […]

Internet Providers Must Take Lead Closing the Digital Divide

We have all seen the images and heard stories:  students without Internet access sitting in parks, parking lots, or fast food restaurants to use public Wi-Fi to do homework.  COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders illuminated how essential it is to be connected to the Internet for education, […]

Will COVID-19 Be Impetus to Close Digital Divide?

A 2019 study by the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF) showed that lack of access affected 16 percent of Los Angeles residents and 12 percent of San Franciscans, higher than the 9 percent mark of rural areas like the Inland Empire and the Central Valley. […]