In Alabama, many still lack broadband access

As federal officials debate pouring billions of dollars into broadband access, data suggests many of Alabama’s schoolchildren and adults who preferred to work from home spent the pandemic with sub-par access to high-speed internet, particularly in the state’s least-wealthy counties.

Advocates say that “digital divide” across the United States is due largely to two factors: a lack of internet infrastructure in the country’s rural reaches and the relatively high cost of broadband that has made the service unaffordable for many in urban centers.

In about half of Alabama’s counties — 34 of 66 — measured by a Federal Communications Commission study, broadband access is available to at least 76% of residents. Yet in about half of the state measured by Microsoft — 34 of 67 counties — no more than 18% of households actually have high-speed access, a USA TODAY analysis shows.

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EFF at 30: Freeing the Internet, with Net Neutrality Pioneer Gigi Sohn

To commemorate the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s 30th anniversary, we present EFF30 Fireside Chats. This limited series of livestreamed conversations looks back at some of the biggest issues in internet history and their effects on the modern web. To celebrate 30 years of defending online freedom, EFF held a candid live discussion with net neutrality pioneer and […]

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Governor Newsom Signs Historic Broadband Legislation to Help Bridge Digital Divide

$6 billion investment to expand broadband infrastructure and enhance internet access for unserved and underserved communities Part of comprehensive California Comeback Plan to accelerate the state’s recovery and address our most persistent challenges TRAVER – At a rural elementary school in Tulare County, Governor Gavin Newsom today signed legislation to advance the state’s commitment to […]

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Today’s massive Internet outage comes courtesy of Akamai Edge DNS

Enlarge / “Dude, it can’t be DNS.” “How much you wanna bet?” A massive Internet outage today has downdetector.com covered in warnings for popular websites and services, such as the PlayStation Network, Steam, Fidelity Investments, Airbnb, FedEx, LastPass, UPS, Amazon, and others. The root cause of the outage appears to be a failure in Akamai’s Edge […]

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