Digital divide

In this May 8, 2019, photo, third-grade student Miles Stidham uses an East Webster High School laptop to do homework in Maben, Miss. The Stidhams are unable to get internet at their home in the country, so they take advantage of the internet in the school's library. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
June 10, 2019 - 3:43 pm
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — With no computer or internet at home, Raegan Byrd's homework assignments present a nightly challenge: How much can she get done using just her smartphone? On the tiny screen, she switches between web pages for research projects, losing track of tabs whenever friends send...
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FILE - In this April 2, 2019, file photo, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, speaks during a hearing with Energy Secretary Rick Perry on the President's budget request for Fiscal Year 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Federal Communications Commission's broadband report is being hammered by critics who say it paints too rosy a picture of high-speed internet availability in the U.S. Manchin joined two dissenting FCC commissioners in criticizing the report released Wednesday, May 29. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
May 30, 2019 - 5:10 pm
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission's broadband report is being hammered by critics who say it paints too rosy a picture of high-speed internet availability in the U.S. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia joined two dissenting FCC commissioners in criticizing the...
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FILE - In this Thursday, March 7, 2019 file photo, the Texas state flag files outside the Huawei Technologies Ltd. business location in Plano, Texas. President Donald Trump issued an executive order Wednesday, May 15, 2019, apparently aimed at banning equipment from Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei from U.S. networks. It does not name specific countries or companies and gives the Department of Commerce 150 days to come up with regulations. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)
May 15, 2019 - 9:34 pm
President Donald Trump issued an executive order Wednesday apparently aimed at banning equipment from Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei from U.S. networks. It declares a national economic emergency that empowers the government to ban the technology and services of "foreign adversaries" deemed...
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In this Friday, April 5, 2019, photo, Kelly Povroznik grabs a few carrots from inside her storage space to give to her horses in their pasture outside of Clarksburg, W.Va. Povroznik teaches an online college course that has been hampered by slow connections on her computer and phone. There is widespread agreement that expanding broadband internet in rural America is desperately needed. (AP Photo/Craig Hudson)
April 15, 2019 - 2:18 pm
There is a way around the notoriously sluggish internet in West Virginia. You just need a car and some time. Kelly Povroznik can tell you, when she happens to get a good signal. She teaches an online college course so hampered by unreliable connections that she has had to drive a half-hour to her...
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FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2015, FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, takes her seat before the start of an FCC open hearing and vote on Net Neutrality in Washington, D.C. Clyburn addressed a gathering of librarians and other experts Thursday, April 12, 2018, in Washington, D.C., as the group discussed challenges to providing high-speed internet in American Indian communities. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, file)
April 12, 2018 - 3:52 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two western senators are proposing to expand access to a $4 billion federal program that has allowed public schools and libraries throughout the U.S. to obtain high-speed internet at affordable rates as one way to close the digital divide that persists across American...
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November 09, 2017 - 6:15 pm
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Ever so cautiously, North Korea is going online. Doctors can consult via live, online video conferencing, and lectures at prestigious Kim Il Sung University are streamed to faraway factories and agricultural communes. People use online dictionaries and text each other...
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FILE - This April 1, 2015, file photo, shows a Charter Communications van in St. Louis. Now cable giant Charter won't have to compete with other cable companies in new areas. Federal telecom regulators have tweaked a condition of its deal to buy Time Warner Cable. They had said Charter would have to compete with another fast-internet provider for 1 million customers. Now they can build in areas that don't have fast internet. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)
April 03, 2017 - 4:49 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Federal regulators are letting Charter out of a requirement that would have forced it to compete with other broadband providers and possibly cut prices. The decision relaxes one of the conditions imposed on Charter when it absorbed Time Warner Cable and represents another sign that...
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