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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."
A 2014 Oakland North article, [OUSD study finds link between lack of Internet, computer access and poverty level https://oaklandnorth.net/2014/12/01/ousd-study-finds-link-between-lack-of-internet-computer-access-and-poverty-level/] 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)"


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