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Cooperatives Essential to Bringing High-Quality Fiber Internet Access to Rural America

Cooperatives Essential to Bringing High-Quality Fiber Internet Access to Rural America

Katie Kienbaum

May 19, 2020

An updated report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) illustrates the remarkable progress cooperatives have made in deploying fiber optic Internet access across the country.   READ MORE


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Cooperatives Essential to Bringing High-Quality Fiber Internet Access to Rural America

Cooperatives Essential to Bringing High-Quality Fiber Internet Access to Rural America

Katie Kienbaum

May 19, 2020

Every day, we hear stories about rural Americans  struggling with inadequate Internet access, from children forced to do homework in the nearest McDonald’s parking lot to families paying too much for slow, outdated network connections. The rural digital divide is ve  READ MORE


Two New Communications Districts Join Vermont’s Growing Community Broadband Effort

Two New Communications Districts Join Vermont’s Growing Community Broadband Effort

Katie Kienbaum

May 15, 2020

In March, we reported on the formation of Deerfield Valley Communications Union District in Vermont. That same month, communities in different parts of the state also formed two other communications union districts (CUDs) to improve their local connectivity. Voters in dozens  READ MORE


Fact Checking Yet Another Misleading, Mistake-riddled Report From the Taxpayers Protection Alliance

Fact Checking Yet Another Misleading, Mistake-riddled Report From the Taxpayers Protection Alliance

Katie Kienbaum

May 14, 2020

In their recent, biased report bashing community broadband, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) alleges that municipal broadband networks are “GON With the Wind,” but it’s really the report’s authors who have run off with reality. Though the report implies that the ran  READ MORE


ILSR Challenges Frontier’s Attempt to Block Rural Broadband Upgrades

ILSR Challenges Frontier's Attempt to Block Rural Broadband Upgrades

Katie Kienbaum

May 12, 2020

Late last month, we reported on Frontier Communications’ claim that it now offers broadband in 17,000 rural census blocks in an effort to remove those areas from the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) upcoming rural broadband funding program. At the time, we ex  READ MORE


Why Wi-Fi is Polite and Where It’s Going Next

Why Wi-Fi is Polite and Where It's Going Next

Katie Kienbaum

May 12, 2020

In this episode of the Community Broadband Bits podcast, we get an introduction to what this week's guest calls "the most Southern of protocols" — Wi-Fi. Here to guide us is Heather "Mo" Williams, Manager of Solutions Engineering at Ruckus N  READ MORE


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