Latest Posts from New America Blogs

Recent posts from all the blogs on can be found below. A full listing of all the blogs to which New America fellows and scholars regularly contribute can be found here.

Moving Toward E-rate Reform: Focused comments on high-speed Internet access and better program transparency

April 23, 2014

As summer vacation approaches, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is moving forward on its plans to bring next-generation Internet connectivity to schools and libraries across the country. Big changes are likely coming in the next few months that will shift the way that E-rate—a program that subsidizes communications services for schools and libraries under the Universal Service Fund—supports high-speed Internet access.

Digital Stewardship and your community

April 18, 2014
Person on building OTI has partnered with groups around the world to develop the concept of Digital Stewardship, and hopes to refine it as more communities adopt and adjust it for local needs. Digital Stewardship is a principled approach to community technology that emphasizes self-governance and sustainability. Digital Stewards grow and maintain the technology their communities need to foster healthy relationships, build resilience, and increase access to critical information. OTI works with local partners to integrate the Digital Stewards approach into the group’s existing projects, missions, and goals.

Asset Building News Week, April 14-18

April 18, 2014
Publication Image The Asset Building News Week is a weekly Friday feature on The Ladder, the Asset Building Program blog, designed to help readers keep up with news and developments in the asset building field. This week's topics include tax day, inequality, and the safety net.

Case Study: Mesh Sayada

April 18, 2014
Publication Image The Sayada community network, Mesh Sayada, is a collaboratively designed and built wireless network. The town of Sayada is located on the Tunisian coast, 140 kilometers from Tunis. The network serves as a platform for locally-hosted content, such as Wikipedia and Open Street Maps, and is expected to expand to include locally created content. Local residents and CLibre, a Sayada-based free technology association, initiated the network in December, 2013.

Guest Post: Six Tax Reforms to Increase Economic Security for All

April 17, 2014
Publication Image Editor's note: this blog post was authored by Heather McCulloch, Manager of the Tax Policy Project of the Asset Funders Network. It originally appeared on the ACCESS to Financial Security site and is reprinted here with the author's permission.

It’s tax time, the perfect time to consider how tax code reforms can create an America that lives up to its promise of opportunity for all.