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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level State, National
State(s) All States
Source Information Technology & Innovation Foundation
Policy Areas Data & Technology
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of workers have applied for unemployment benefits online, only to be met with a crashed webpage. To better gauge the overall functionality of state unemployment websites, ITIF tested the page load speed, mobile-friendliness, and accessibility...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town
State(s) North Carolina
Source Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Policy Areas Community Development, Data & Technology
Due to monopoly control of broadband technology, millions of Americans do not have internet access because it is not available or affordable. To circumvent this problem, the city of Wilson began building a citywide Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) network called Greenlight in 2008, after...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Policy Areas Data & Technology
Monopoly control of broadband technology is leaving many Americans unable to access high-speed internet. In particular, the market power of the biggest cable companies allows them to lock customers into overpriced, underperforming Internet service contracts for which they don’t have...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town, County, National
State(s) All States
Source Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Policy Areas Community Development, Data & Technology
Basic infrastructure, including internet access, is still lacking on many reservations; in fact, tribal lands have seen increases in high-speed internet access at even lower rates than rural areas. One step to better Internet infrastructure is increasing the authority of Native Nations...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Policy Areas Data & Technology
Rural regions in the United States largely lack high-quality internet access. However, a substantial minority of rural areas actually have internet infrastructure that is better than what metro regions have on average. Locally-rooted cooperatives have already invested in fiber optic...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level National
State(s) All States
Source Information Technology & Innovation Foundation
Policy Areas Data & Technology
Augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) has the potential to transform the way individuals work, learn, and interact, by allowing employees to collaborate from anywhere in the world, making critical services such as healthcare and education more accessible, and creating new channels...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level National
State(s) All States
Source Information Technology & Innovation Foundation
Policy Areas Data & Technology
Although digital technology made social distancing mandates more feasible and less costly, there are still major gaps that policymakers should address to make physical distancing even easier. In particular, this report argues that governments should support the development of foundational...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2006
Level State
State(s) Illinois
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Community Development, Public Spaces, Data & Technology
Wireless community networks can be an effective strategy for addressing the digital divide. They can offer affordable access to the Internet while building community and strengthening the local economy. In an age when access to the Internet is increasingly a condition for full participation...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Policy Areas Community Development, Housing, Data & Technology
Internet connectivity is divided along socioeconomic lines, with fewer options available to those who have less capacity to pay for the service. Communities large and small, rural and urban, have residents who lack adequate access to digital services and internet connectivity. Digital...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level National
State(s) All States
Source Information Technology & Innovation Foundation
Policy Areas Data & Technology
Due to its highly adaptable and immersive nature, augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) has the potential to make important contributions to equity and inclusion by reducing barriers and creating opportunities for marginalized groups. Firstly, by creating the feeling of “really being...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, State
State(s) North Dakota
Source Institute of Local Self-Reliance
Policy Areas Community Development, Data & Technology
Rural North Dakota has some of the greatest internet connectivity in the country. In fact, according to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) data, rural North Dakotans are more likely to have access to gigabit speeds and fiber broadband than the state’s urban residents—even more...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level City or Town, County
State(s) Minnesota
Source Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Policy Areas Data & Technology
In 2010 the Minnesota legislature set a goal of having universal Internet access across the state with download speeds of 10-20 Mbps and upload speeds of 5-10 Mbps no later than 2015. As of 2014, Minnesota is not on track to meet these goals, because internet access varies significantly...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level National
State(s) All States
Source Information Technology & Innovation Foundation
Policy Areas Data & Technology
Since the onset of COVID-19, home broadband traffic surged by roughly 20 to 40 percent. Fortunately, U.S. broadband networks were able to accommodate this increase in demand, with virtually zero drop in performance. As a result, this report argues that there is no need to over-invest...

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