Community Tech Network and Sprint Provide Devices and Training to South Austin Residents

Andrea GallowayUncategorized

Publisher: American TownGiving Tuesday is an annual Global Giving Event that occurs on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. This season Community Tech Network (CTN) gave thanks by bringing new devices and basic digital skills training to an underserved population in south Austin. What: Community Tech Network (CTN) and Sprint distributed 15 new Samsung tablet devices to learners at the Foundation Communities' property, Bluebonnet Studios, in south Austin. Sprint staff provided individualized training to the learners to help them better connect with ... Read More

Digital Inclusion Program Helps Older And Low-Income Austinites Catch Up With Technology

Andrea GallowayUncategorized

Publisher: KUT Austin's NPR StationUntil recently, Jan Morgan was buying one flip phone after the next. Now, she's an ambassador for the city's Digital Inclusion program and is teaching others how to use smartphones and computers. --JULIA REIHS / KUT Jan Morgan used to think smartphones were for young people. "I didn't want a phone smarter than me," she joked. She refused to get one. Instead the 66-year-old bought flip phones and pre-paid phone cards. Thirty-three phones later, a store clerk pointed out ... Read More

Comcast offers low-cost internet program to veterans

Andrea GallowayUncategorized

Publisher: SMARTCITIESDIVEDive Brief: Comcast has expanded its Internet Essentials broadband adoption program to the more than 1 million low-income veterans who live in its service area, the company announced Monday. The Internet Essentials program is in its seventh year of providing broadband access to low-income families. According to a progress report released Monday, the company has connected more than 6 million Americans — 2 million in the last year alone — through Internet Essentials, which provides low-cost internet and digital literacy training. The company cites figures ... Read More

The digital divide is more than an infrastructure problem

Andrea GallowayUncategorized

Publisher: SMARTCITIESDIVEBroadband access problems aren't limited to rural areas. In cities, the digital divide is a barrier to urban revitalization and the full realization of a "smart city" vision. Since former President Barack Obama pledged in his 2011 State of the Union address that high-speed wireless would be available to 98% of Americans, there have been fervent discussions about how to get broadband into rural communities. President Trump’s infrastructure proposal this year called for $50 billion in rural spending, including on broadband, and ... Read More

Making a Difference – Austin Pathways and Capstone Title

Andrea GallowayUncategorized

Publisher: CBS AustinMaking a Difference AUSTIN, Tx — Going back to school can be tough when you're trying to pay the bills and raise kids. CBS Austin's Allison Miller shows us how Austin Pathways and Capstone Title Company are making a difference, helping Austin residents get an education. Before help came along, Sayuri Byrd, mom of an 18-year-old boy and baby girl on the way, had a lot to think about, "Am I too old to go to school? Am ... Read More

Community Impact Report 2017

Andrea GallowayUncategorized

Google FiberEach year, we at Google Fiber are humbled by the groundbreaking work of our community partners across the country. These partners roll up their sleeves, undaunted by challenges, and improve their neighbors’ access to opportunities. They find creative ways to advance digital inclusion. They hustle to empower more students with STEM programs. They ignite innovation and entrepreneurship—especially in under-resourced schools and neighborhoods. In short, they make their cities a better place. We are privileged to bring our Faster, Fairer, ... Read More

Net Inclusion Seminar 2018

Andrea GallowayUncategorized

Published: SCHED Catherine Crago Housing Authority of the City of Austin Head of Strategic Initiatives & Resource Development Austin, Texas Let's talk about public-private partnerships, sustainability, metrics, smart cities and funding! Eager to hear about your most successful digital inclusion programming - from branding, promoting, monitoring and measuring results. Catherine began her career in the semiconductor industry, focused on public private research partnerships aimed at giving the U.S. a global competitive advantage. She's played an active role in building the ... Read More

Device Webinar 2017-2018

Andrea GallowayUncategorized

Publish: Dave Sevick, Computer ReachCatherine Crago, Housing Authority of the City of Austin & Austin PathwaysPaulina Sanchez, human-I-T MISSION: Make technology available to people most in need through refurbished equipment, computer literacy, training, and support. VISION: A computer literate world where the benefits of technology are shared by all Read More

Commentary: Why it’s time for Texas to show support for net neutrality

Andrea GallowayUncategorized

Publisher: Austin StatesmanNet neutrality is the concept that all Internet content — from videos and websites to news stories and blogs — should be equally accessible to all users. Strong net neutrality protections prevent internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon from slowing down user speeds, blocking certain websites and charging extra for swifter speeds. As a result, net neutrality strengthens innovation and freedom of expression online. Deep-pocketed internet service providers — or ISPs — can’t slow down the competition ... Read More

Cross-Departmental Collaboration Increasingly Vital to Digital Inclusion

Andrea GallowayUncategorized

Publisher: Government TechnologyAs life increasingly migrates into the digital realm, more agencies within municipal government are finding that digital inclusion — the effort to provide all residents with equal access to technology, as well as the related skills to benefit — is vital to the well-being of the public. Cities such as Seattle; Portland, Ore.; Austin; Kansas City, Mo.; and Louisville, Ky., have laid out official digital inclusion strategies and forward-thinking plans, and many other cities now have appointees or departments dedicated ... Read More

Showcasing the Inaugural Charles Benton Next Generation Engagement Award Winners

Andrea GallowayUncategorized

Publisher: Benton Institute for Broadband & SocietyLocal governments are leading the way to implement innovative, forward-looking civic technology programs that narrow the digital divide and make cities more livable. But for all the impressive initiatives out there, many brilliant ideas never get off the ground for lack of resources. So last year, with support from the Democracy Fund and Benton Foundation, Next Century Cities launched the Charles Benton Next Generation Engagement Award. The competitive civic innovation prize invited cities to ... Read More

Next Century Cities Showcases

Andrea GallowayUncategorized

Publisher: Next Century Cities Benton Next Generation Award Winners at Broadband Communities Summit The Next Century Cities team was thrilled to showcase its Benton Next Generation Engagement Award winners at the Broadband Communities Summit in Dallas, Texas yesterday. The early morning hour – we took the stage at 8am – couldn’t keep a crowd away to hear from our inaugural Benton grantees. Representatives from Austin, Texas, Raleigh, North Carolina, and Louisville, Kentucky presented their progress implementing their projects. Read More

SXSW’s What is a Smart City: Technologies & Challenges

Andrea GallowayUncategorized

Publisher: Austin Tech AllianceEarly Sunday morning, a packed audience filled 3TEN Austin City Limits Live for a panel discussion on “What is a Smart City: Technologies & Challenges.” Writing for the Austin Monitor, Chad Swiatecki already did an excellent job recapping the event, including an exciting bit of news regarding using technology to battle Austin’s affordability crisis. From Chad’s article: Read More