Gov. Kemp: DCA Launches New Resources for Georgians to Access High-Speed Internet (Georgia)

Brian Kemp, Governor of Georgia: Gov. Kemp: DCA Launches New Resources for Georgians to Access High-Speed Internet. “To support social distancing requirements, broadband providers are offering various options for Georgians to connect to the internet. By visiting broadband.georgia.gov, Georgians can find locations to which they can drive for accessing WiFi around the state, made available from telecommunications cooperatives and government agencies. While many public libraries are currently closed, some are still offering limited services such as WiFi outside their buildings.”

New York Times: Surging Traffic Is Slowing Down Our Internet

New York Times: Surging Traffic Is Slowing Down Our Internet. “… last week, as a wave of stay-at-home orders rolled out across the United States, the average time it took to download videos, emails and documents increased as broadband speeds declined 4.9 percent from the previous week, according to Ookla, a broadband speed testing service. Median download speeds dropped 38 percent in San Jose, Calif., and 24 percent in New York, according to Broadband Now, a consumer broadband research site.”

Digital Trends: Coronavirus exposes digital disparities between students as learning goes online

Digital Trends: Coronavirus exposes digital disparities between students as learning goes online. “With universities across the country closing their campuses, canceling classes, and moving everything online, the coronavirus pandemic has complicated learning for many students and faculty, despite the wide use of technology to keep classes going. Perhaps the most basic issue is what students will do when they do not have reliable high-speed internet access.”

The Auburn Plainsman: Charter Spectrum to offer free internet services to students affected by coronavirus closures

The Auburn Plainsman: Charter Spectrum to offer free internet services to students affected by coronavirus closures. “Charter Spectrum is offering free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription, according to a release from Charter Spectrum. To enroll in this service call 1-844-488-8395. The company is waving installation fees for new student households.”

The Verge: As COVID-19 pushes classes online, some students are caught in the broadband gap

The Verge: As COVID-19 pushes classes online, some students are caught in the broadband gap. “As COVID-19 spreads within the United States and across the globe, public health officials are calling for fewer public gatherings — which is pushing many activities online. The issue is particularly severe for schools, where the risk of spreading the disease is high. But as many US schools try to shift to online lesson plans, they’re running into the limitations of our threadbare broadband networks, which leave many students unable to connect to their new online classrooms.”

ProPublica: Kentucky’s $1.5 Billion Information Highway to Nowhere

ProPublica: Kentucky’s $1.5 Billion Information Highway to Nowhere. “The internet arrived in some parts of eastern Kentucky’s Jackson and Owsley counties on the back of a mule named Old Bub. Nine years ago, Old Bub trudged between the rugged counties’ most remote utility poles, hauling the high-capacity fiber-optic cable intended to help bring Appalachian residents into the information age. Today, Old Bub symbolizes something else — a poor state plodding along the information highway.”

Report: Two-Thirds of Counties Average Internet Speeds Slower Than Broadband (Route Fifty)

Route Fifty: Report: Two-Thirds of Counties Average Internet Speeds Slower Than Broadband. “New data, crowdsourced from an app that tests internet connectivity speeds, found that 65% of counties across the United States are averaging connection speeds slower than the FCC’s definition of broadband.”