Nicol Turner-Lee, Ph.D.

Don’t Forget About High-Speed Broadband

December 14, 2015

Tweet The following article originally appeared in The New York Times. More than 80 percent of American adults use the Internet, a number that will continue to increase alongside consumer demand for broadband-enabled devices and applications. Given this trend, the U.S. should expand its current definition of physical infrastructure beyond local and national water mains, […]

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Justice for the Community, All from a Cellphone

April 30, 2015

Tweet This article originally appeared in The Washington Informer. Lock in the image, focus and hit record. Only this time it’s not for a selfie. Feiden Santana from North Charleston, South Carolina, found himself positioning his mobile phone to record the homicide of Walter Scott. In the case of Santana, his video showed an African-American […]

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Happy 5th Anniversary, National Broadband Plan! Progress and New Questions in the Plan’s Review.

April 15, 2015

Tweet Last month, the nation celebrated the fifth anniversary of the National Broadband Plan, a heralded assignment by the Federal Communications Commission to develop a comprehensive blueprint for technology advancement, broadband deployment, and broadband adoption.  At a recent day-long conference hosted by Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, “The National Broadband Plan: Looking Back, Reaching […]

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Time to Pursue Congressional Action to Ensure an Open Internet

February 24, 2015

Tweet This week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote to end one of the most contested telecommunications debates in recent history – the future of the Internet.  Or at least, that is what the FCC thinks.  Already challenged by two Commissioners and members of Congress, the open Internet vote is under scrutiny amidst calls […]

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MPAA’s Where to Watch: A Huge Step to Combat Piracy

November 20, 2014

Tweet Do you want to search the web for current and forthcoming film and television content? Well, there’s now an app for that.  Last week, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) introduced a one stop location in its launch of Where to Watch, a new online resource that makes it easy for consumers to quickly […]

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NTIA Report Sheds Light on the Persistent Digital Divide

October 30, 2014

Tweet According to a report issued this month by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), broadband is almost fully deployed in the U.S. Specifically, the report found that “when combined with advances in mobile Internet connectivity, some form of broadband, whether fixed or mobile is now available to 99 percent of the U.S. population.” […]

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The Revolution Will Be Digitized: The Outing of Racism

May 1, 2014

Tweet The taglines on Twitter and Facebook read: “Breaking News, Donald Sterling Makes Racist Comments.”  No one knew exactly the nature of those comments until the next tagline read, “Hear the Tape.” I was one of thousands who clicked on the TMZ link, listened, and shared among my online network.  Like my fellow online users, […]

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E-Rate 2.0: Can America Win the Race to Capacity?

November 3, 2013

Tweet Reducing disparities in educational achievement and narrowing the skills gap are two important concerns among policymakers and practitioners alike.  Education reform is essential to achieving these goals, especially for African American and Latino students who continue to trail their White counterparts in high school and college graduation rates.  While debates in this area have […]

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