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Digital mobility

Access to high speed internet is an issue for both rural communities and inner city neighborhoods.  Low income households are often priced out of access.

RHINO is gathering info on Digital Mobility...especially as it related to the duty to affirmatively further fair housing

Digital Mobility should be a tool in locality development (including preservation of existing low income housing).

What about broadband mobility?
Access to broad band is based on demographics.  So should AFFH schemes focus on rebalancing access to broadband as a kind of virtual mobility?   Financial Times shows that broadband access outside of metro areas is bad or non existent.  Telecom companies have always blamed low density and long distances for slowing expansion of cable access.  But what explains slow internet speeds in low income neighborhood in metropolitan areas where high speed internet is currently available blocks away in affluent, business rich districts? 

High speed access is already a HUD priority
HUD PD&R writes:  However, major disparities in broadband access exist. As a 2013 White House report states, low-income people — those most likely to be served by HUD — disproportionately lack access to high-speed internet at home. Ninety-three percent of families making more than $100,000 have broadband access at home compared with only 43 percent of families making under $25,000. As HUD Secretary Julián Castro asserted in his September 16 keynote address at the Bipartisan Policy Center’s 2014 Housing Summit, “This disparity simply isn’t right.”

What's News
2/7/15  Google Plan to reach the underserved and over charged"

Free Broadband for Public Housing in New York Sought as Condition in Comcast Deal" outlines a proposal to provide free and expanded broadband internet service in exchange for approval of the Comcast/Time Warner merger.

CityBridge makes a bigger Apple as NYC converts pay phones to free wfi hotspots
NYC will create these wi fi hot spots in low income and demographically impacted communities where residents (tenants and homeowners) are likely to have smart phones...but can't afford expensive data plans from the telecom monopolies.  digital mobility. 
Read more here:
A copy of the concept paper which documents the inclusion potential is attached at the bottom of this page.

Here's a proposal that would convert the existing Lifeline program into broadband access.

Zanesville Times Reporter "Despite gains in broadband access over the past five years, Ohio's southeastern counties remain the least connected, said Stu Johnson, executive director of Connect Ohio, a nonprofit organization focused on improving access to Internet and technology. The group's five-year federal grant runs out soon, so its members gave a final evaluation of Ohio's connectivity last week. The Federal Communications Commission will continue to map Ohio's access."

Notes & Links

Spencer Wells,
Nov 20, 2014, 2:56 AM