BroadbandUSA Newsletter February 2019

Tue, February 05, 2019

Vol 4 | Issue 1| February 2019
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Digital Divide Among School-Age Children Narrows, but Millions Still Lack Internet Connections
by Rafi Goldberg, Policy Analyst, Office of Policy Analysis and Development

America continues to make significant strides in reducing the digital divide among school-age children, according to NTIA’s November 2017 Internet Use Survey. In 2017, 14 percent of the U.S. population between ages 6 and 17 lived in homes with no Internet service, down from 19 percent in 2015. These are encouraging numbers that echo our previous report on the narrowing digital divide. Still, significant challenges remain, especially for the approximately 7 million school-age children that lived in households without home Internet service in 2017. These children were also less likely than their peers to use the Internet from other locations. See the complete blog here.

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NTIA Events

February 20, 2019
BroadbandUSA Practical Broadband Conversations Webinar Series: Measuring the Digital Divide: Review of Recent Surveys and Data
Time: 2:00 PM Eastern

This has been rescheduled from January 2019. If you have already registered, please register again. Thank you!

NTIA and the U.S. Census Bureau will present information on two large-scale consumer studies focused on computer and Internet use in America. The speakers will highlight the latest data from the surveys about who is online, who is not, how and where people access and use the Internet, what concerns they have, and more. Experts will show you how to access the data yourself, point you to open data resources, and answer questions. Learn more about the NTIA Internet Use Survey, a survey of 123,000 people in 52,000 households across the U.S. that provides in-depth insights on how people ages 3 and up use computers and the Internet. Then dive down to the Census block and tract level with the December 2018 release of the American Community Survey data on computer and Internet use.

Our scheduled speakers include:

  • Rafi Goldberg, Policy Analyst, Office of Policy Analysis and Development

  • Ryan Dolan, Data Visualization Specialist, U.S. Census Bureau

  • Gerson Vasquez, Data Visualization Specialist, U.S. Census Bureau


  • Karen Archer Perry, Senior Policy Analyst, BroadbandUSA

Click here to register

Events of Interest

February 3-6, 2019
NTCA's Rural Telecom Industry Meeting & Expo (RTIME) [R]evolution, New Orleans, LA

February 7 and 13, 2019
United States Department of Agriculture: Rural Development Informational Webinars.
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February 10-13, 2019
National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) 2019 National Conference of Regions, Washington, DC

February 10-13, 2019
NARUC Winter Policy Summit, Washington, DC

February 12-13, 2019
State Broadband Leaders Summit, Washington, DC

February 15, 2019
Joint Venture Silicon Valley State of the Valley Conference, San Jose, CA

February 19-20, 2019
Georgia Telecommunications Association (GTA) 22nd Annual Vendor Showcase, Macon, GA

February 27 - March 1, 2019
Louisiana Telecommunications Association and LCTA – The Internet & Television Association 70th Annual Meetings and Conference, New Orleans, LA

March 2-6, 2019
2019 NACo Legislative Conference, Washington, DC

March 5-6, 2019
National Collaborative for Digital Equity (NCDE) 2019 Summit, Washington, DC

March 7-13, 2019
2019 NRECA Annual Meeting and Exposition, Orlando, FL

March 10-12, 2019
NTCA, The Rural Broadband Association 2019 Telecom Executive Forum, Clearwater, FL

March 10-13, 2019
National League of Cities (NLC) 2019 Congressional City Conference, Washington, DC

March 14-15, 2019
The Iowa State Association of Counties (ISAC) 2019 Spring Conference, Des Moines, IA

March 18-20, 2019
Minnesota Telecom Alliance (MTA) Annual Convention and Trade Show, Minneapolis, MN

March 17-20, 2019
National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) 2019 Washington Policy Conference, Arlington, VA

March 19-20, 2019
Healthcare Informatics Midwest Health IT Summit, Cleveland, OH

March 25-27, 2019
Iowa Communications Alliance (ICA) 6th Annual Meeting & Expo, Des Moines, IA