Text – H.R.4875 – 117th Congress (2021-2022): To require the Federal Communications Commission to issue a notice of inquiry related to digital redlining, to prohibit digital redlining, and for other purposes. Congress.gov. Published 2021. Accessed August 5, 2021. https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/4875/text
Although Wi-Fi availability has been available for hosts to list within the Airbnb app; the app now includes a speed test tool so hosts can also access the tool within the Airbnb app.
With Asheville and Western North Carolina being a top tourist destination, broadband speed is one of the attributes that travelers look for. Also, Airbnb continues to try to attract remote workers and Wi-Fi speed is even more important for this demographic.
Testing your wifi using your Airbnb app
In a host account, the user will find the speed test under the “Amenities” section of a listing and will only an estimate your download speeds.
Tap Profile and then tap Switch to hosting
Tap Listings and tap the listing you want
Under About the listing go to Amenities
Next to Popular, tap Edit
Go to Wifi, tap Add your wifi speed
Run the wifi test and then tap Save
When the user completes a speed test, the app will share that information with Airbnb and M-Lab, an organization that provides Airbnb to the open-source software.
https://www.engadget.com/about/editors/igor-bonifacic. Airbnb adds built-in speed test to help hosts include WiFi info in listings | Engadget. Engadget. Published 2021. Accessed August 1, 2021. https://www.engadget.com/airbinb-wifi-speed-test-tool-host-listings-171011280.html
What are the year 2025 broadband goals as define by North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper?
Improve % of NC Households with Broadband
Governor Roy Cooper wants to increase the percentage of North Carolina households with high-speed internet subscriptions:
From 73 % to 80 %.
Boost Broadband for all NC Households with Children
Additionally, the Governor wants to boost the percentage of North Carolina households with children with high-speed internet subscriptions:
From 81 % to 100 %
Close Racial Disparities
The plan is also focused on closing racial disparities in access to high-speed broadband and seeks to increase adoption rates to 80 % across racial subgroups including:
Native American (currently 57 %)
Black (currently 64 %)
Latinx (currently 68 %)
White populations (currently 76 %)
How will these NC broadband goals be achieved?
Connect WNC with Broadband for All Event
In Western North Carolina on Thursday, July 29; the Land-of-Sky Regional Council of Governments over Buncombe, Madison, Hendersonville, and Transylvania Counties with the Council of Governments west will learn more about the “funding and funneling for WNC broadband connectivity event.
Featured Event Speaker – Topics
Stacey Hughes, Impact Officer at the Dogwood Health Trust
Nate Denny, Deputy Secretary of Broadband and Digital Equity at N.C. Department of Information Technology – State Program and Policy Update
Sara Nichols & Paul Moon – Land of Sky Region B – Digital Inclusion Plan
Blair Levin, Non-resident Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution, Washington, District of Columbia – Watching for Federal Changes
When or will Western North Carolina experience the metaverse?
Is it here now?
Metaverse refers to a fully realized digital world that exists beyond the analog one in which we live.
As a buzzword, the metaverse refers to a variety of virtual experiences, environments and assets that gained momentum during the online-everything shift of the pandemic. Together, these new technologies hint at what the internet will become next.
A household is eligible for EBB if one member of the household meets any of the following:
Qualifies for the Lifeline program, SNAP, or Medicaid
Receives benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision, or did so in the 2019-2020 school year
Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year
Experienced a substantial loss of income since February 29, 2020 and the household had a total income in 2020 below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers
Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating providers’ existing low-income or COVID-19 program.
Note that the Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household.
Eligible households can enroll directly through participating broadband providers or with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC).
USAC is the company that administers the FCC’s Lifeline Program. People who are not currently in Lifeline must apply for the EBB Program through the National Lifeline Verifier, which is currently required to enroll in the FCC’s Lifeline benefit program.
Fiber to the home or business will always provide the best internet experience. Low-earth orbit satellite, cable, cellular, and wired connections will provide the next-best broadband experiences; depending on the proximity to the providers. Know you internet speed and understand what you are paying for; as America does not have a lot of competition to optimize your internet experiences.
Our broadband project team is advocating for future-proof broadband for all Western North Carolina residents.
What is the core issue with the digital divide in America?
Device ownership is the heart of digital equity and the ‘Gateway to Opportunity.’ says Digtunity.
Help bridge the #digitaldivide. Digital equity is a civil rights issue. This injustices that the digital divide inflicts on people are worthy of outrage and an ugent, societal response.
Bridging the Digital Divide
What is needed?
Digital literacy skills
Who is most affected?
Individuals with disabilities
Other Marginalized populations
Digital Divide – 3 Key Issues
Computers – everyone needs a computer with up-to-date functionality and support
Internet – millions of people do not have access to the internet due to affordability or lack of physical connectivity
Digital Literacy – everyone needs to know how to sue a computer safely, and perform common tasks such as sending email, using websites, and utilizing common applications like spreadsheets and word processing
When Land-of-Sky, WestNGN Broadband, and the WNC Broadband Project team identified and starting working in broadband; we had dreams of getting everyone in Western North Carolina connected.
Over the years we’ve had wins that helped keep us motivated, but with limited resources we moved slowly towards our goals. It is now clear that likely upcoming changes to policy, programs, and funding are going to be giant disrupters to how we move forward broadband issues in the region.
We’ve been on pins and needles waiting on answers on how these changes will work in WNC, and we’re looking locally and the state to help fill in the learning gaps.
One thing that is clear- in order to get everyone connected we’re going to need to deepen our relationship with partners.
Virtual Event Agenda
Introduction to Nate Denny, the new Deputy Secretary of Broadband and Digital Inclusion
NC Department of Information Technology Staff
First draft unveiling of the region’s digital inclusion plan from Land of Sky
Stacey Hughes from Dogwood Health Trust
Sara Nichols & Paul Moon from the Land-of-Sky Regional Council of Governments
More broadband leaders
We hope you can join us virtually July 29th, 2021 from 10-11:30 EST to get updates from leaders on how we CONNECT WNC.