Every week, we pull together a list of the latest news regarding community broadband networks from across America and share it with you, our readers. Media roundups are published on Mondays, right here.
Cagle joins Ferguson in Pushing Broadband by Winston Skinner, The Newnan Times-Herald
The lieutenant governor, who is a candidate for governor, recently announced his plan for speeding the deployment of high-speed broadband to underserved areas in rural Georgia.
“Strong infrastructure represents a bedrock component of any strategy to create access to good paying jobs,” Cagle said.
Tenn.-based Cable Provider to Bring Service to Warren County by Don Sergent, Bowling Green Daily News
EPA and USDA to Help Two Maine Communities with Economic Development Goals, United States Environmental Protection Agency
Internet still Problematic by Josh Bowles, Montgomery Herald
Limited high-speed internet access in rural Ohio counties causes a digital divide by Bennett Leckrone, The Post
Johnson said it’s difficult to get large companies to provide internet to rural counties with fewer people when there are other markets available. Thus, the responsibility of installing equipment and providing better internet access often falls to small companies.
“This is the only community that (smaller companies) serve, and the only way to make more money from that community is to give them more opportunity to consume,” Johnson said, explaining why smaller companies have more incentive to provide internet access in rural areas. “They can invest more easily, and they don’t have as many options. Consequently you have (smaller companies) putting fiber into the home in many rural areas.”
Following the transition to Spectrum, I was particularly dismayed to find new and unexplained additional charges on my bill. But trying to bargain with a monopoly is a fool’s errand. I have no choice but to use them as my internet service provider. Now they are selling the information they glean from the use of their monopoly system without my (or your) permission.
King George Again Exploring Broadband Needs by Cathy Dyson, The Free Lance-Star
King George has received a $30,000 grant from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development to work on solving its broadband shortages. It’s also partnering with the Center for Innovative Technology, a nonprofit corporation in Herndon that will help King George assess its needs and come up with a plan to provide for them.
The Community Development Block Grant and the broadband initiatives the CIT has in place pair up perfectly, said Caroline Stolle, CIT’s broadband program administrator.
“We were waiting for the right locality to come along,” she told the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. “Why not demonstrate how Virginia can spend its broadband money?”
Editorial: Which Candidate is Best on Rural Broadband? The Roanoke Times
Major City Tech Leaders Fight for Net Neutrality, Other Issues in Washington, D.C. by Zack Quaintance, Government Technology