Worst Connected U.S. Cities of 2015
Our rankings for 2015 are based on recently released Census data on home access to fixed broadband Internet services. This includes wireline broadband technologies (cable Internet, DSL, fiber to the premises) as well as satellite and "fixed wireless" technologies. It does not include 3G and 4G mobile devices like smartphones, or non-broadband connections like dial-up modems.
Good News – AT&T has a Change of Heart
On September 5, I revealed in a blog article on the NDIA website that AT&T officials had told us they would continue to deny "Access from AT&T" discount service to many thousands of eligible low-income households living at addresses where available DSL download speeds are less than 3 mbps. I expressed regret that NDIA's efforts over several weeks to persuade AT&T to lower that threshold and extend the program to lower-speed addresses had been unsuccessful. I concluded: "AT&T's response is very unfortunate for tens of thousands of households in the company's 21-state service territory who may need affordable Internet access the most, but who happen to live in places – both city neighborhoods and rural communities – where AT&T has failed to upgrade its residential service to provide reasonable speeds."
“Access from AT&T” Not available to 1.5mbps Households
AT&T has declined to make its new low-cost Internet program available to many thousands of eligible households who have the bad luck to live at an address where the company's maximum download speed for new residential accounts is below 3 mbps.
Where’s the FCC’s 2014 Neighborhood Broadband Data?
This data, collected through the FCC's semiannual Form 477 reporting process, gives the agency a unique trove of information on the state of home broadband access at the very local level. It puts the FCC in a position to provide each American community with a fairly accurate map of its own local digital divide -- the Census tracts where most households have broadband Internet service vs. the tracts where many or most households don't.
Worst Connected U.S. Cities in 2014
The National Digital Inclusion Alliance today releases two new rankings of America's "25 Worst-Connected Cities in 2014" -- for all households, and for households with annual incomes below $35,000.
Pew: No Internet Use by 26% Of Americans With Household Incomes Below $30,000
A tweet yesterday from the Pew Research Center calls attention to the 2015 installment of the Center's annual survey of American's Internet use, released back on June 26.
Census Shows Digital Divide Closely Linked to Household Incomes
In 2013, more than half of U.S. households with incomes below $20,000 still lacked any kind of home Internet subscription including mobile or dial-up, according to the U.S. Census American Community Survey, or ACS.