Monopoly ISPs Too Big to Make Good on Covid-19 Internet Offers

Date: 10 Apr 2020 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, many national Internet service providers (ISPs) have introduced free and discounted plans to keep people connected during the crisis. The charity of these companies is commendable, but their plans are still leaving low-income subscribers behind. … Read More

Telehealth: Expanding Broadband in Rural Communities for Low Cost Healthcare During and After the Pandemic

Date: 9 Apr 2020 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Unfortunately, many rural communities don’t have adequate Internet access because, and the lack of connectivity is a barrier to telehealth. Dave predicts that the current Covid-19 crisis will push more healthcare providers to adopt telehealth, even after the pandemic ends. They also consider how the move to telehealth services could actually improve outcomes for many people in North Carolina.… Read More

Broadband First Responders: Libraries, Schools, and ISPs Open Wi-Fi Hotspots to Connect Students for Remote Learning

Date: 26 Mar 2020 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Visitors to libraries across the country are being greeted with signs declaring, “Library Closed,” in an attempt to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. But increasingly, those words are followed by the ones seen outside Schlow Centre Region Library in State College, Pennsylvania: “Park for Free Wi-Fi.”… Read More

Clarksville, Arkansas Plans Its First Home Connections in Hope of Supporting Local Economy

Date: 24 Mar 2020 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Residential broadband service is only the most recent evolution for Clarksville’s municipal fiber network, which already connects utility infrastructure as well as area businesses and community anchor institutions in the city of nearly 10,000. Home installations are due to start soon, depending on delays caused by the global Covid-19 outbreak.… Read More

Twin Cities’ Local Internet Service Provider Experiences Greater Demand During National Crisis

Date: 24 Mar 2020 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Not even a pandemic can stop this week’s guest, US Internet CEO Travis Carter, from finding ways to bring better connectivity to his company’s subscribers and the community. For the 400th episode of the Community Broadband Bits podcast, Christopher interviewed Travis (from six feet away) at the US Internet office outside Minneapolis, Minnesota.… Read More

Coronavirus Shows How Inequity Makes Us Vulnerable (Episode 94)

Date: 18 Mar 2020 | posted in: Building Local Power, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On this episode of Building Local Power, host Jess Del Fiacco talks with Stacy Mitchell and Christopher Mitchell about how communities are responding to the unprecedented challenge of Covid-19. The pandemic is already drastically impacting local businesses, and is on track to further exacerbate existing inequalities. … Read More

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