A Message from Vint Cerf, 
Marconi Society Chair
Last month I wrote about the digital divide that impacts 3.4 billion people in the world. A common misconception is that since home broadband penetration is relatively high in the US - according to the Pew Research Center,  over 82% of households with children have home broadband internet access  - that lack of high-speed home connectivity and the benefits that it brings is not a pressing issue in this country.
Nothing could be further from the truth. The US is rife with digital inclusivity issues driven largely by income and geography. Students who do not have home broadband Internet access had "lower assessment scores in reading, mathematics, and science across a range of national and international assessments," according to  the  International Center for Education Statistics
This is called the Homework Gap and it affects  12M school aged children nationwide . Children on Native American reservations are particularly hard hit. That is why I believe that it is imperative to bring broadband connectivity to indigenous communities through the determined efforts of organizations like  Mural  and the Southern California Tribal Chairmen's Association and its Tribal Digital Village.
I am pleased to share their experiences and perspectives regarding this critical work.

Vint Cerf

By Qurrat-Ul-Ain Nadeem

Pick up nearly any publication and you'll see at least one story about how Fifth Generation (5G) networks will extend the scope of mobile communication services from interpersonal communication to smart inter-connections between billions of devices - 27 billion by the end of this year, according to Statistica

Fewer people are discussing the new challenges being posed to underlying cellular network resources by this massive number of interconnected devices and the diversified nature of the services that they support.

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