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A crossing guard stops traffic as students arrive at École Woodward Hill Elementary School, in Surrey, B.C., Feb. 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Student achievement depends on reducing poverty now and after COVID-19

Comprehensive early childhood education, mental health support, internet connectivity and post-secondary funding are part of reducing the consequences of poverty so all students may excel.
President Joe Biden talked about healing the rifts and uniting America in his inaugural address on Jan. 20, 2021. Michael S. Williamson/Washington Post

5 ways Biden can help rural America thrive and bridge the rural-urban divide

A new federal antipoverty program for both rural and urban areas is part of the solution, but the power of Big Ag, lack of internet and struggling towns need attention, too.
The first COVID-19 vaccines arrive packed in dry ice and need special freezers that can keep them extremely cold. AP Photo/David Goldman

Getting COVID-19 vaccines to rural Americans is harder than it looks – but there are ways to lift the barriers

The vaccines’ cold storage requirements and shipment rules put small, rural communities at a disadvantage, but that’s only part of a long-running challenge.
Farmers, cottagers and small business organizations are among the groups clamouring for better broadband in Ontario, especially in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Pexels)

Building back better, during and after COVID-19, with faster broadband

The need for much-improved internet connectivity exists across Canada. Will the Ontario government’s recent announcement of $1 billion and the federal government’s announcement of the Universal Broadband Fund of $1.75 billion for improved broadband be enough to make a difference?
Conflict arising from government’s ownership of Telkom and its regulatory role contributed to failure to achieve digital transformation. Shutterstock

South Africa has failed to harness the digital revolution: how it can fix the problem

South Africa has come short of its digital ambitions, but it can catch up by ensuring access to high speed broadband, and support for domestic digital firms and entrepreneurs.
Communities across the U.S. are taking network construction into their own hands. T.Dallas/Shutterstock.com

Cities and states take up the battle for an open internet

A recent federal court ruling lets big telecom companies censor the internet in ways that boost their own profits – but also allows local and state governments to outlaw censorship if they wish.
Living in an urban centre is no guarantee for new NBN technology. from www.shutterstock.com

Around 50% of homes in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane have the oldest NBN technology

Around half of homes in three major Australian cities only have access to very old technology: hybrid fibre-coaxial (HFC). For them, access to the NBN fibre network remains only a fairy tale.
The NBN is on the path to being privatised after construction finishes. AAP

What should be done with the NBN in the long run?

The NBN is on track to be privatised after the infrastructure is completed, but there are a number of other options that would retain the benefits of its disruption of the telecommunications market.
Telecommunications wires stretch along a rural Kansas road. Technology & Information Policy Institute, University of Texas

Reaching rural America with broadband internet service

Many people in rural America don’t have access to fast, affordable internet access. How might those communities connect to the global exchange of goods, services and ideas?

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