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February 7, 2022 – A new study released Wednesday by the University of Southern California claims that the Federal Communications Commission’s new Affordable Connectivity Program should improve its outreach and enrollment procedures to facilitate greater participation in the program.

the to study found that the Emergency Broadband Benefit – the CPA’s predecessor – was less effective in reaching households in different states. In Ohio, about a third of eligible households were enrolled in EBB, compared to 4% in South Dakota.

For communities to increase their participation in the program, the study recommends that the CPA “significantly expand coverage, especially in areas with low residential connectivity prior to the pandemic.”

“Renewed outreach efforts are urgently needed in rural and less populated areas, among the elderly, and in communities with a large share of foreign-born residents,” the study found.

FCC President Jessica Rosenworcel last year, “awareness” for EBB was the “most valuable thing” for the program.

Annenberg’s findings are part of the Measuring the Effectiveness of Digital Inclusion Approaches project with the University of Southern California, a research program that aims to analyze existing broadband inclusion initiatives and provide evidence-based recommendations on how best to connect low-income households to broadband. on a sustainable basis.

New standards for managing connected devices

The Broadband Forum and Wi-Fi Alliance on Monday released a new set of standards for managed services that should make managing connected devices faster and more efficient.

The new standards will enable interoperable Wi-Fi optimization and management services for customers, a Press release said Monday. The latest technology can enable better control of smart home and IoT devices.

Developed with input from carriers, chipset makers, vendors and management application companies, the releases “will help introduce better and faster ways to manage connected devices.” Gavin Youngsaid the head of Vodafone’s Fixed Access Center of Excellence in the statement.

“With the increase in demand for device management, the use of open standards is more important than ever, as we have seen with these releases. It is essential that standards organizations continue to work together.

Jason Walls, chairman of the Broadband Forum Connected Home Council, said industry collaboration was key to releasing the new standard. Broadband Forum is a not-for-profit industry group of broadband operators, vendors and policy makers.

“By bringing together broadband players from across the industry to work together, operators around the world will benefit from these new standards, helping to unlock the full potential of the connected home market.”

Cryptocurrencies attractive to white supremacists

Cryptocurrencies have attracted white supremacist groups, reports The Economist.

Seen by some groups as a last resort after being banned from Apple Pay, Google Wallet, Visa and Discover following the 2017 protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, far-right groups have found refuge in cryptocurrency , reports the newspaper.

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, more than 600 cryptocurrency addresses are used by members of the far right. “They advertise their portfolios on their websites and social media, asking for donations. And they get them,” reports The Economist. Stefan Molyneuxa far-right podcaster who was ousted from YouTube, has received more than $1.67 million in bitcoins from donors, according to the story.

“The broader crypto scene is often imbued with an anti-establishment spirit. Its fans proclaim that decentralized blockchains will revolutionize finance. This idea appeals to libertarians or those distrustful of the traditional banking system,” the article states.

However, the story adds, the idea also appeals to anti-Semites. Cryptocurrency is more appealing to those who “believe that the banks hold too much power because they fear that Jewish control over affairs will be seduced by the idea of ​​an independent or decentralized financial system.”

Donald E. Patel