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=Research=
=Research=
According to the [http://www.internetaccesslocal.com/states/california/oakland US Bureau of Labor Statistics & Bureau of Census], 32% of Oakland residents lack internet connectivity in their home and at work.
According to the [http://www.internetaccesslocal.com/states/california/oakland US Bureau of Labor Statistics & Bureau of Census], 32% of Oakland residents lack internet connectivity, with an additional 5.6% connected elsewhere but not at home.


The [http://freepress.net Free Press] published a short report on media inequality in the Bay Area in January of 2014. From the [http://www.freepress.net/sites/default/files/resources/Media_Inequality_in_the_Bay_Area.pdf report]:
The [http://freepress.net Free Press] published a short report on media inequality in the Bay Area in January of 2014. From the [http://www.freepress.net/sites/default/files/resources/Media_Inequality_in_the_Bay_Area.pdf report]:
* "AT&T and Comcast are the dominant telecommunications service providers in the Bay Area, though competitive providers like Sonic.net serve small pockets in the North Bay and the peninsula. Broadband adoption in the Bay Area is high relative to the state and national averages. As of June 2011 (the most recent data-reporting period), most portions of the Bay Area had broadband-adoption levels near or above 80 percent of households. But there are numerous neighborhoods in areas like Alameda, Oakland, Richmond and San Jose where broadband adoption is well below the state and national averages. Over the past decade, the California Public Utilities Commission has removed regulations and oversight of the state’s major telecom providers. This deregulation was supposed to lower prices and improve consumer choices, but the rates for basic services tripled in just a few short years."
* "AT&T and Comcast are the dominant telecommunications service providers in the Bay Area, though competitive providers like Sonic.net serve small pockets in the North Bay and the peninsula. Broadband adoption in the Bay Area is high relative to the state and national averages. As of June 2011 (the most recent data-reporting period), most portions of the Bay Area had broadband-adoption levels near or above 80 percent of households. But there are numerous neighborhoods in areas like Alameda, Oakland, Richmond and San Jose where broadband adoption is well below the state and national averages. Over the past decade, the California Public Utilities Commission has removed regulations and oversight of the state’s major telecom providers. This deregulation was supposed to lower prices and improve consumer choices, but the rates for basic services tripled in just a few short years."
[[File:Digital Divide OUSD Map.png|800px|right]]
A 2014 Oakland North article, "[https://oaklandnorth.net/2014/12/01/ousd-study-finds-link-between-lack-of-internet-computer-access-and-poverty-level/ OUSD study finds link between lack of Internet, computer access and poverty level]" [https://www.google.com/maps/d/embed?mid=1tUW-afu_eLg2A8qsWt1mF8QnR8Y maps out] the digital divide among Oakland public schools:
"'I feel a little different, because some people at my school do have Internet access at home' said Stewart, age 13. 'They don’t have to worry, cause they can go home and do it. But I can’t.' Stewart is not the only student in Oakland who faces this kind of difficulty. According to a study conducted by Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) in August and September, 14,097 students do not have computers and/or high-speed Internet access at home. That represents about 40 percent of the student population in Oakland."


[http://www.media-alliance.org/downloads/TVA-Oakland-Broadband-Study.pdf City of Oakland Wireless Broadband Feasibility Study] (2009) - Lengthy report on the feasibility of providing free municipal wifi throughout the city of Oakland. Research included focus groups with representatives from the various districts of Oakland, public comments, and extensive mapping of a wireless network operating on the 2.4GHz and 4.9Mz bands.
[http://www.media-alliance.org/downloads/TVA-Oakland-Broadband-Study.pdf City of Oakland Wireless Broadband Feasibility Study] (2009) - Lengthy report on the feasibility of providing free municipal wifi throughout the city of Oakland. Research included focus groups with representatives from the various districts of Oakland, public comments, and extensive mapping of a wireless network operating on the 2.4GHz and 4.9Mz bands.
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Complete coverage of the City and mobile access to real-time data was not seen as a necessary technical requirement by most groups, however both were particular priorities of City staff. Both requirements will have to be met if City of Oakland departments are assumed to be regular users of any citywide wireless broadband system. Additionally, there
Complete coverage of the City and mobile access to real-time data was not seen as a necessary technical requirement by most groups, however both were particular priorities of City staff. Both requirements will have to be met if City of Oakland departments are assumed to be regular users of any citywide wireless broadband system. Additionally, there
was a general concern expressed during most focus groups, the town hall meeting and some workshops that all areas of the City be served equally, if not fully. (p.18)"
was a general concern expressed during most focus groups, the town hall meeting and some workshops that all areas of the City be served equally, if not fully. (p.18)"


=Organizations=
=Organizations=
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The following is a curation of organizations addressing the digital divide in Oakland (via [http://oaklandwiki.org Oakland Wiki]:
The following is a curation of organizations addressing the digital divide in Oakland (via [http://oaklandwiki.org Oakland Wiki]:


*[http://www.otxwest.org/ Oakland Technology Exchange West]
*[http://www.otxwest.org/ Oakland Technology Exchange West] - see our [[Mesh/Interviews/OTXwest|Interview Notes]] from 2013
*[http://www.getconnectedoakland.org/ Get Connected! Oakland] - the City's initiative to connect business and more working on tech and internet access. Ask Nicole from Open Oak.
*[http://youthradio.org/ Youth Radio] - see our [[Mesh/Interviews/YouthRadio|Interview Notes]] from 2013
*[http://youthradio.org/ Youth Radio]
*[http://kaporcenter.org/ Kapor Center for Social Impact] - see our [[Mesh/Interviews/KaporCenter|Interview Notes]] from 2013
*[http://www.lpfi.org/ Level Playing Field Institute] (related to Kapor Foundation)
*[http://urbanstrategies.org/ Urban Strategies] - contact is Steve Spiker - see our [[Mesh/Interviews/UrbanStrategies|Interview Notes]] from 2013
*[http://oaklandmakerspace.com/ Liberating Ourselves Locally] - a POC and women-centered makerspace in East Oakland - see our [[Mesh/Interviews/LOLspace|Interview Notes]] from 2013
*[http://www.stridecenter.org/ The Stride Center]
*[http://www.stridecenter.org/ The Stride Center]
*[http://www.reliatech.org/ ReliaTech] - San Pablo-based computer repair/refurnishing/support
*Community Computer Centers run by the nonprofit [http://www.occurnow.org/ OCCUR]
*Community Computer Centers run by the nonprofit [http://www.occurnow.org/ OCCUR]
**[http://oaklandwiki.org/Lion_Creek_Crossings_Technology_Center Lion Creek Crossings Technology Center]
**[http://oaklandwiki.org/Lion_Creek_Crossings_Technology_Center Lion Creek Crossings Technology Center]
**[http://www.eastmont.net/ Eastmont Technology Center]
**[http://www.eastmont.net/ Eastmont Technology Center]
*[http://www.lbcenter.org/ Lions Center for the Blind]
*[http://themade.org/ The Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment] - free classes for kids and adults.
*[http://themade.org/ The Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment] - free classes for kids and adults.
*[http://www2.oaklandnet.com/Government/o/opr/s/facility/OAK029392 Mosswood Recreational Center] - contact is Dan Finlay, a friend of Sudo Room.
*[http://www2.oaklandnet.com/Government/o/opr/s/facility/OAK029392 Mosswood Recreational Center] - contact is Dan Finlay, a friend of Sudo Room.
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*[http://oaklandwiki.org/Oakland_Unified_School_District_Adult_%26_Career_Education Oakland Unified School District Adult & Career Education]
*[http://oaklandwiki.org/Oakland_Unified_School_District_Adult_%26_Career_Education Oakland Unified School District Adult & Career Education]
*[http://www.techbridgegirls.org/ Techbridge] - Inspiring girls in science & tech
*[http://www.techbridgegirls.org/ Techbridge] - Inspiring girls in science & tech
*[http://www.techbridgegirls.org/ Hidden Genius Project]
*[http://ca.mousesquad.org/ Mouse Squad of California] - contact is Hilary Naylor
*[http://odalc.org/ Oakland Digital Arts & Literacy Center] (ODALC or Oakland Digital, for short) - Executive Director is Shaun Tai
*[http://odalc.org/ Oakland Digital Arts & Literacy Center] (ODALC or Oakland Digital, for short) - Executive Director is Shaun Tai
*[http://youthuprising.org/ Youth UpRising]
*[http://youthuprising.org/ Youth UpRising]
*[http://ucbessa.berkeley.edu/ Black Engineering and Science Students Association] - out of UC Berkeley
*[http://ucbessa.berkeley.edu/ Black Engineering and Science Students Association] - out of UC Berkeley
*[http://youthmovementrecords.org/ Youth Movement Records] (possibly unrelated - works with youth and music)
*[http://urbanstrategies.org/ Urban Strategies] - contact is Steve Spiker
*[http://oaklandmakerspace.com/ Liberating Ourselves Locally] - a POC and women-centered makerspace in East Oakland
*[http://www.oases.org/ Oakland Asian Students Educational Services]
*[http://www.oases.org/ Oakland Asian Students Educational Services]
*[http://ewastecollective.org/ Alameda County Computer Resource Center] - ewaste recyclying program that builds refurbished laptops for low-income and unemployed Oakland residents
*[http://ewastecollective.org/ Alameda County Computer Resource Center] - ewaste recyclying program that builds refurbished laptops for low-income and unemployed Oakland residents
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*[http://www2.oaklandnet.com/Government/o/opr/index.htm City of Oakland, Office of Parks and Recreation]
*[http://www2.oaklandnet.com/Government/o/opr/index.htm City of Oakland, Office of Parks and Recreation]
*[http://www2.oaklandnet.com/Government/o/DHS/s/SAD/OAK022069 Assets Project] - Provides job training in computer literacy for Oakland residents aged 55+
*[http://www2.oaklandnet.com/Government/o/DHS/s/SAD/OAK022069 Assets Project] - Provides job training in computer literacy for Oakland residents aged 55+
*[http://kaporcenter.org/ Kapor Center for Social Impact]
*[http://www.lpfi.org/ Level Playing Field Institute] (related to Kapor Foundation)
*[http://www.oaklandlibrary.org/teens/events-programs/ready-set-connect Ready Set Connect] - A project of the Oakland Public Libraries
*[http://www.oaklandlibrary.org/teens/events-programs/ready-set-connect Ready Set Connect] - A project of the Oakland Public Libraries
*[http://www.hackthehood.org/ Hack the Hood]
*[http://www.hackthehood.org/ Hack the Hood]
*[http://www.media-alliance.org/ Media Alliance]
*[http://www.media-alliance.org/ Media Alliance]
*[http://www.blackgirlscode.com/ Black Girls Code]
*[http://www.blackgirlscode.com/ Black Girls Code]
*[http://www.getconnectedoakland.org/ Get Connected! Oakland] - the City's initiative to connect business and more working on tech and internet access. Seems to be just a PR front


=Mesh-friendly ISPs=
=Mesh-friendly ISPs=
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*Computers For Classrooms - Chico, CA based NGO working to provide reused computers to low income community members - http://www.computersforclassrooms.org/
*Computers For Classrooms - Chico, CA based NGO working to provide reused computers to low income community members - http://www.computersforclassrooms.org/
*Computers 4 Kids - Sacramento, CA based NGO working to provide reused computers to low income community members - http://www.c4kca.org/
*Computers 4 Kids - Sacramento, CA based NGO working to provide reused computers to low income community members - http://www.c4kca.org/
*Oakland Digital - 1224 Harrison St, Oakland - "an award-winning design studio that bridges the opportunity and digital literacy divide among Students, Businesses, and Entrepreneurs" - http://oaklanddigital.org/whatwedo/


==Local Businesses==
==Local Businesses==
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*[http://urbanhabitat.org Urban Habitat]
*[http://urbanhabitat.org Urban Habitat]
*[http://www.techbridgegirls.org Techbridge] - supporting girls in science and technology
*[http://www.techbridgegirls.org Techbridge] - supporting girls in science and technology
*[www.lbcenter.org Lions Center for the Blind] - Assistive reading technologies; CCTV & Braile writer lending library. Founded in the 1930s.


==Collectives==
==Collectives==
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=Maps of High Demand Areas=
=Maps of High Demand Areas=
[Http://i.imgur.com/NuVLk5j.png Areas where people bike and run] - based on [http://labs.strava.com/heatmap/#13/-122.26461/37.82212/blue/both Strava Data]
* [https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/embed?mid=1tUW-afu_eLg2A8qsWt1mF8QnR8Y&ll=37.79054383720123%2C-122.21140885&z=12 OUSD's Google Map represents a large survey of Oakland schools] to determine how many students throughout the district need a computer and Internet access at home
 
* [Http://i.imgur.com/NuVLk5j.png Areas where people bike and run] - based on [http://labs.strava.com/heatmap/#13/-122.26461/37.82212/blue/both Strava Data]
[http://i.imgur.com/lNt0CvR.png Areas where people take photos] - based on [http://www.sightsmap.com/ Sightmaps]
* [http://i.imgur.com/lNt0CvR.png Areas where people take photos] - based on [http://www.sightsmap.com/ Sightmaps]
 
* [http://i.imgur.com/xbrJI16.png Homes with fiber to the end user] - based on [http://www.broadbandmap.gov/technology Broadband.gov]
[http://i.imgur.com/xbrJI16.png Homes with fiber to the end user] - based on [http://www.broadbandmap.gov/technology Broadband.gov]


=Map of the Backbone Fiber, Data Centers and Free Wifi in Oakland and Berkeley=
=Map of the Backbone Fiber, Data Centers and Free Wifi in Oakland and Berkeley=
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Dark Gray Dots = Locations that would benefit from free internet
Dark Gray Dots = Locations that would benefit from free internet
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