Cleveland Digital Vision
3328 Carnegie Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115
(216) 391-0900 (ext 40)
Digital Vision is grateful for the financial support of
the the George Gund Foundation, the Adelphia/Cleveland
City Council Neighborhood Technology Fund, the Cleveland
Foundation, grassroots.org, and the Cleveland United
the home of Cleveland Digital Vision.
Vision is a coalition of organizations in
Cleveland, Ohio working to eliminate the "digital
divide" in our city -- by increasing access
to information technology, computer literacy, and
tech-connected job opportunities for all
residents in all neighborhoods.
2007 -- Over eighty local officials
and activists from sixteen counties
attend the first ONE Ohio Statewide
Gathering in Columbus.
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news and discussion from the movement for
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Recent news and site updates...
Vision Board cites "major problems"
with state video franchising bill
Ohio Senate Bill 117,
introduced by Senator Jeff Jacobson (R-Vandalia),
would strip local governments of their historic
franchise authority over cable companies and
other video providers (i.e. telco companies like
AT&T) that use public rights of way. Senator
Lance Mason, who represents southeast Cleveland
and the nearby suburbs, is a co-sponsor. The bill is strongly
opposed by the City of Cleveland. The Digital
Vision Board has adopted the following statement
on Senate Bill 117:
perspective of our mission to promote full
computer access and digital literacy for all
Cleveland residents and neighborhoods,
Cleveland Digital Vision sees major problems
with Ohio Senate Bill 117 as introduced.
1) SB 117 would eliminate our City Council's
historic ability to negotiate with video/broadband
franchisees for appropriate investment in
community facilities and training to help
close the city's digital divide, e.g. support
for community technology centers;
2) SB 117 would eliminate the existing cable
franchise obligation to offer digital TV and
modem service in all Cleveland neighborhoods,
and bar the city (or state) from seeking
similar franchise commitments from any future
provider -- in effect, legalizing digital
disinvestment in Cleveland neighborhoods.
Digital Vision opposes the
passage of SB 117 until these deficiencies
have been remedied... either by restoring
local governments' authority to negotiate
enforceable community investment and service
agreements with video/broadband providers, or
by creating effective statewide mechanisms to
accomplish the same purposes.
Bill 117 (Ohio Senate site)
Mayor Jackson commits to
citywide wi-fi in Cleveland
In his "State of the City"
today, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson said:
pleased to announce today that Cleveland will
move forward with developing a Citywide WI-FI
network, potentially the first in Ohio. This
network will provide wireless access
throughout all 77 square miles of the City
and position us for the future. We will
increase our broadband penetration, and begin
bridging the digital divide that has
adversely affected low-income communities.
Cleveland will be recognized as a city of
technology. We will have an environment that
promotes innovation, and we will be able to
No other details
have been announced. A wireless planning process
involving a number of public and private
organizations has been under way at Cleveland
City Hall for several months.
Strickland's "Turn Around Ohio" program
includes millions in new funding for community
technology centers linked to broadband
and distance learning initiatives. The new
Strickland Administration has promised to:
"Establish the Ohio
Community Learning Centers Initiative, to
boost the use of online and distance
education services through Ohios
network of community technology centers. Modeled
on successful programs such as the Cuyahoga
Community Colleges project at Rainbow
Terrace, and over 300 community technology
centers (CTCs) statewide, this program will
mobilize CTCs with hands-on staff support and
join them with the online learning resources
of the Ohio Learning Network and the Ohio
College Access Network... Implementing this
program is estimated to be an annual
investment of at least $5 million."
Read the whole Strickland
Vision and Ohio Community Computing Network
launch the "ONE Ohio"
develop a statewide network of local community
organizations, educators, civic leaders and
interested individuals in communities of all
kinds, from big-city neighborhoods to rural and
Appalachian counties, who share an interest in
strategic action to close Ohio's Digital Divide.
See the ONE Ohio Blog here.
Earlier news and updates