Connectivity

Issues and events related to the physical relationships of such important connections as internet and transportation to affordable housing

NYC Grapples With Low-Income Internet: A Community Necessity?

Do you live in a community or region short-changed on broadband internet accessThe terms "high-speed" and "broadband" are pretty much interchangeable. Use the term "high-speed" if you'd like to...

At Sea In A Pandemic, Poorer Oakland Students Thrown A Rescue Line

Not all that long ago, a school teacher could assign research projects to students based only upon books and resources available in the school library. Those days vanished in...

New York City Requires Housing Broadband: Spirit Willing, But Flesh is Weak

Recent good news for rural America: billions of federal dollars have been promised to provide high speed broadband internet access that is currently as spotty as the rural housing...

Does “Right To Housing” Also Mean “Right To Internet”?

Slowly but surely, communities are looking towards internet access as a key infrastructure component of housing. Expressed as a part of the United Nations right to adequate housing, infrastructure...

Equality In Education Takes a Surprise Turn Towards Internet Access

COVID-19's focus on home has brought a lot of issues to light. Our homes are one of the reasons some of us are more likely to contract the virus...

Internet Connections Broaden The Definition of Housing Infrastructure

New housing salesperson to prospective buyer, "Wait a minute! Now you say you want electricity brought right into your home! That will be special order, and cost extra." Not a...

DIY Broadband Levels Essential Internet Playing Field For Have-Nots

Here's a good news story emerging from the shadows of those giant, hard-nosed internet providers determined to soak everybody to the max for their internet access. If that characterization...

Toronto Smart City: So Far Google-Linked Proposal Has Folks Over-Worried, Under-Impressed

Sidewalk Labs' wordy, glossy, fluffy proposal for a neighbourhood development project in partnership with Waterfront Toronto

It’s Alive! Toronto Smart Neighbourhood Horror Sparks Lawsuit                      ...

Remember why you left that small town? Where secrets about you were whispered behind your back because all your neighbours knew everything about you? Okay, you may not remember that...

Honey, I’m Back! Densified Kiss-And-Ride California Transit Nodes Return From The Dead

The idea of allowing high density zoning near California transit hubs gained steam earlier in 2018, when Bill SB 827 was introduced in the Sacramento Legislature. Beyond measures to...

Affordable Housing Essentials: Internet As A Public Utility? Who Benefits?

The 'internet divide' describes unequal internet access: those who have high speed broadband internet in their home on one side and those who don't on the other. It divides...

Step 1: Place Affordable Homes On The Right Side Of The Digital Divide. Step 2? Yes, There Is A...

It is becoming well understood that access to inexpensive broadband internet is a basic requirement for a modern home. Society is long past 'let the poor eat dial-up internet,'...

Every Home Needs . . . The Internet?

We have a 'next on the list of things we never get to' item at affordablehousingaction.org.  It is a useful definition of 'affordable housing'. This isn't going to be it. 'Affordable...

California Dreaming? Europe’s Mature Rail Networks Spread Unaffordability, Not Affordability.

In California, 2018 has seen the rise and fall of an affordable housing initiative located next to transit nodes where higher density affordable housing could be enshrined. Lower wage...

The Repeal Of Net Neutrality: Communications Disaster Or Potential Benefit For Affordable Housing?

America's repeal of net neutrality has been greeted by much handwringing, and the spectre of giant telecom companies upping prices and limiting options for customers. But there is another way...
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