A Local Look at the Digital Divide
Cleveland Digital Vision's Bill Callahan brings computers and the Internet across the digital divide. His recent column in the Free Times highlights recent data on the Cleveland disconnect, and what still needs to be done about it.
Bill Callahan's guest column, Let ’em Eat Dial-Up: Too many Clevelanders lack even basic Internet access, is featured in the February 8th edition of the Cleveland Free Times. In it, he cites data from a 2005 survey that largely refutes Cleveland's recent technical triumphs. It is available at:
The article, taken together with Callahan's blog and several links he provides, gives a good overview of Cleveland's efforts and to-do list to become truly digitally inclusive.
Callahan's Cleveland Diary Blog entry about the Free Times article, with some information not included in the article.
Other notable links from Callahan's blog:
Data from the 2005 survey, conducted by Scarborough Research, are discussed also in an earlier blog entry.
Some of the data, representing several aggregated Cleveland ZIP codes, are available in this testimony Callahan gave to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio in 2005 (large .PDF file). The file also contained testimony from other community activists that describes the rural digital divide in Ohio.