Broadband Access

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Federal Program Funds Broadband in Underserved Areas

The program supports efforts to improve internet connectivity in remote and rural areas.

June 27, 2023 - The Mercury News

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Housing Providers Build Bridges Over the Digital Divide

Internet connectivity has become as important as basic utilities, but millions of people who live in affordable housing still lack access to devices and connections. Housing managers are finding innovative ways to fix that.

April 7, 2022 - Shelterforce Magazine

Europe Will Lag Behind in 5G Adoption

While there are differences in the user cases of early adopters, around the world it is clear that Europeans will have to wait a bit longer to enjoy the speed, low latency, and reliability of 5G networks.

March 4, 2018 - Cities of the Future

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Mapping the Gap Between Broadband Access and Broadband Subscription

Not everyone that has access to high-quality Internet infrastructure is making use of it.

September 25, 2017 - Brookings

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Most Americans Say Cities Should be Able to Build Their Own Broadband Networks

It's illegal for local governments to build broadband service in 20 states, and such legislation is spreading.

April 14, 2017 - The Verge

The Road to 5G Starts With Home Broadband

This year’s Mobile World Congress is all about 5G and IoT, with some handset and wearable launches. Wireless carriers and infrastructure vendors are starting to launch Gigabit broadband pilots to bring 5G class connectivity to residential users.

March 5, 2017 - Cities of the Future

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Broadband Inheriting the Discriminatory Patterns of Previous Infrastructure Systems

The challenges of bridging the digital divide are exacerbated by the racist legacies of previous infrastructure systems, according to a recent presentation to the New York Regional Plan Association.

July 18, 2016 - RPA Lab

U.S. Falls Far Behind in Broadband Access

With the U.S. ranking 35th out of 148 countries in Internet bandwidth and anywhere from 14th to 31st in average connection speed, experts are warning that the country's broadband deficit could harm its economic and technological competitiveness.

January 3, 2014 - The New York Times

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