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Satellite Subsidies Will Widen Digital Divide in Rural America

Satellite Subsidies Will Widen Digital Divide in Rural America

Katie Kienbaum

January 14, 2020

The federal government is about to spend more than $120 million on subsidies that, rather than improving rural connectivity, will make tens of thousands of families worse off.  READ MORE


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Missouri Town is Moving Forward with Improve Local Internet Access

Missouri Town is Moving Forward with Improve Local Internet Access

Lisa Gonzalez

January 16, 2020

In the spring of 2019, Houston, Missouri, sent out a call to citizens to share their thoughts on whether or not they'd like to subscribe to Internet access from a municipal network. Less than a year later, the city of around 2,000 p  READ MORE


Satellite Subsidies Will Widen Digital Divide in Rural America

Satellite Subsidies Will Widen Digital Divide in Rural America

Katie Kienbaum

January 14, 2020

These funds are part of a 2018 federal program intended to expand rural broadband access called the Connect America Fund phase II (CAF II) reverse auction. The program, in which Internet access providers competed for subsidies, will distribute nearly $1.5  READ MORE


Updated Policy Brief: Cooperatives Bring Fiber Internet Access to Rural America

Updated Policy Brief: Cooperatives Bring Fiber Internet Access to Rural America

Jess Del Fiacco

December 17, 2019

Originally published in 2017, our report, Cooperatives Fiberize Rural America: A Trusted Model for the Internet Era, focuses on cooperatives as a proven model for deploying fiber optic Internet access across the country. An update in the spring of 2019  READ MORE


How an Island in Maine Connects Residents to Affordable Gig Internet Access

How an Island in Maine Connects Residents to Affordable Gig Internet Access

Lisa Gonzalez

December 10, 2019

Islesboro Municipal Broadband (IMB) is about to celebrate its second birthday. Instead of two candles on a cake, the community has around 630 lit Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) subscriptions to mark the occasion. With more than 90 percent of the premises on the   READ MORE


Connecticut Court Confirms Local Authority Around Pole Attachments

Connecticut Court Confirms Local Authority Around Pole Attachments

Lisa Gonzalez

December 3, 2019

In the past few years, states around the U.S. have made incremental changes in their laws to ease restrictions on municipalities and cooperatives interested in developing high-quality Internet network infrastructure. When communities in Connecticut wanted to exercise their right to  READ MORE


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