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To Bridge the Digital Divide, Some Cities Have Taken the Matter Into Their Own Hands

When the city of Chattanooga, Tennessee decided to build out a fiber network, its aim wasn’t to become the fastest internet service provider in the United States. In…

There’s no E-miracle at hand: Experts say solving Long Beach digital divide will take teamwork

It’s easy to put a finger on the problem that is the Long Beach digital divide. The issue: U.S. Census Bureau statistics show 25 percent of residents do…

Where Can You Access Free Community Wi-fi?

In ASK LBMC, a part of the Long Beach Media Collaborative’s Strengthening the Signal series, our reporters answer your questions about the digital divide in Long Beach. To…

Technology Changes Dynamics In Multi-Generational Families

Even though her daughter and grandchildren live hundreds of miles away in the Bay Area, 66-year-old Long Beach resident Melinda Wells can still feel close to them, thanks…

The Human Factor: How A Long Beach Nonprofit Is Bridging The Digital Divide

On a humid August afternoon, Gustavo Trujillo and his pregnant fiancée, Samahara Chavez, waited outside the Los Angeles Council District 8 office on Vermont Avenue for something they…

Is Lack of Competition to Blame for High Cost, Slow Broadband Speeds in Long Beach?

In Long Beach, choices seem to be endless. If you’re looking for single-origin cold brew coffee sold inside a brick-laden storefront, there are plenty to choose from. Need…

Three Long Beach Residents Discuss Why They Choose to Live on the Other Side of the Digital Divide

Today, 13 percent of Americans do not use the internet, a number that has changed little over the past three years, according to the Pew Research Center. Compared…

Infographic: The mammoth impact of the smartphone on our lives — and the digital divide

Although 87 percent of California households are reported to have broadband Internet connectivity at home, a growing segment of underconnected residents’ only means of connecting to broadband is…

Long Beach figures prominently in groundbreaking smartphone study

The expense of subscribing to broadband is driving some people to use smartphones exclusively to access the internet. Related: The smartphone: On-ramp to modern world, but not a…

The smartphone: On-ramp to modern world, but not a cure-all for digital divide

On the surface, the ubiquity of the slick smartphone is closing the digital divide. Whites are more likely than blacks and Latinos to own a desktop or laptop…

Long Beach Council Members Say Digital Divide a Priority

Long Beach’s elected council members, representing diverse and densely populated portions of a 51-square-mile city, agree that residents’ access to the internet has become essential to everyday life….

Is internet access regulated like public utilities?

In ASK LBMC, a part of the Long Beach Media Collaborative’s series Strengthening the Signal, our reporters answer your questions about the digital divide in Long Beach. To…

For Minorities, The Digital Divide Is Growing As Adoption Rates Increase For Everyone Else

Leaning against his walking cane, Fernando Miramontes waited in line at the help desk inside the Mark Twain Neighborhood Library in central Long Beach hoping for an extension….

The Challenges Of Job Hunting Without The Internet

Up until three months ago, Stelena Anderson and her family lived without Internet at home, relying on family members, libraries, an unemployment center and places such as McDonald’s…

Can state lawmakers regulate a rescue from the digital divide?

In a state whose lawmakers have attempted to regulate everything from cow flatulence to daycare-center snacks, it hardly comes as a surprise that Sacramento is trying to rescue…

Online Applications Make Reaching Out To Universities Efficient

The process of applying to universities has gone completely digital. Bygone are the days of college hopefuls waiting anxiously for big postal envelopes to arrive at the door…

Long Beach Unified Embraces Technology To Help Students Succeed

Technology has rapidly changed virtually everything in the classroom. Modern-day geometry students equipped with three-dimensional printers can transform their math lessons into physical shapes. Interactive software lets biology…

LBMC Video Glossary

What is the internet, anyway? What is a megabyte? A gigabyte? Leon Wood, CSULB Information Technology Consultant, answers your questions about how we get online. #AskLBMC: What is…

Anadely

The Long Beach Media Collaborative has teamed up with Humans of Long Beach to bring you a series of street interviews with Long Beach residents who lack broadband…

Who is working to put computers into the hands of low-income students?

In ASK LBMC, a part of the Long Beach Media Collaborative’s series Strengthening the Signal, our reporters answer your questions about the digital divide in Long Beach. To…

Elliot

The Long Beach Media Collaborative has teamed up with Humans of Long Beach to bring you a series of street interviews with Long Beach residents who lack broadband…

Can Long Beach be the Next Burbank or Santa Monica?

A look at how two cities are connecting their public facilities and their residents to the Internet.

Can Long Beach’s Fiber Master Plan Bridge The Digital Divide?

City leaders are on the verge of unveiling a 300-page report on a project that holds the potential to connect everyone in Long Beach to the Internet in…

Freedom to connect: Should access to the internet be a human right? (Infographic)

During the past few decades, global internet use has risen dramatically. For many, the internet is the primary source of information exchange with billions of connected users sharing…

Some say access to internet is so crucial, it is a human right

The way Bob Cabeza sees it, connecting to the World Wide Web is more than a convenience, it is an absolute necessity. And those who can’t connect are…

Faces of the Digital Divide (video)

In late September the Long Beach Media Collaborative hosted a forum at the Michelle Obama Library during which we heard from dozens of locals living without internet access…

Long Beach Libraries Haven For Internet Deprived

Walk just a few feet inside the Long Beach Public Library’s Main Branch on a typical afternoon, and you’ll find a person at nearly every computer terminal —…

Samthy (Sammy)

The Long Beach Media Collaborative has teamed up with Humans of Long Beach to bring you a series of street interviews with Long Beach residents who lack broadband…

With no internet at home, some Long Beach kids must do their homework on the road

Used to be, homework was done – well – at home. These days, some Long Beach kids do homework anyplace but home. Cabrillo High School sophomore Angel Mijares,…

How deeply the internet, smart devices are woven into everyday life for today’s kids just might surprise you (infographic)

According to a 2017 report released by Common Sense Media, children 8 years old and younger spend an average of two hours and 19 minutes a day on…

BREAKING: ‘Digital Divide’ Up For Discussion This Week

Both the Long Beach City Council and Technology & Innovation Commission are discussing issues relevant to the digital divide this week.

The Harsh Realities of Living in Long Beach—Without the Internet

Long Beach is located in the heart of one of the world’s most technologically advanced regions. Yet one in six people who live in California’s seventh largest city…

Strengthening the Signal

Looking to bolster in-depth local journalism, major Long Beach news agencies have come together to collaborate on a series of stories that will examine a single issue affecting the community.

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The Long Beach Media Collaborative consists of reporters and editors from Long Beach’s four major news agencies: the Press-Telegram, Long Beach Post, Grunion Gazette and Long Beach Business Journal. To read more about…