ICYMI: NBC News Ponders Rural Connectivity, Economic Development, and Bad Data

Date: 13 Jul 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In his recent article written for NBC News, journalist Phil McCausland examines the impacts broadband access can have on rural communities and the challenges that persist in bringing coverage to these isolated areas. Reliable high-speed internet access can spark economic development in some of the United State’s most cash-strapped areas, but a lack of dependable data makes acquiring funding difficult.

McCausland explores how high-speed Internet access is becoming increasingly essential for communities’ economic growth. He spoke with Roberto Gallardo, the assistant director of the Purdue Center for Regional Development, who explained how having broadband access today “is analogous to the installation of a railroad 100 years ago or a highway 50 years ago.”… Read More

No Protection From a Broken Market: Internet Access & Availability in America

Date: 19 Jun 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

As of June 11th, federal network neutrality protections formally expired, thanks to Chairman Ajit Pai and the other Republican Commissioners at the FCC. In the months leading up to the vote, Pai has continued to press the talking point that the market will protect consumers. Now is a good time to pull out our infographic from last year, “The Market Has Spoken. The Market Is Broken,” to remind Chairman Pai that a broken market isn’t much protection.… Read More

California Bill Aims to Reduce Rural Broadband Barriers

Date: 15 Jun 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In response to the FCC’s decision to end federal network neutrality protections, California and other states have introduced bills to fill the gap left by the Commission. Local communities who had flirted with the idea of publicly owned Internet infrastructure in the past have now taken a second and more serious look to counteract the FCC’s harmful policy shift. … Read More

FCC Ends Speculation On Broadband Speeds, Mobile Internet Access

Date: 22 Jan 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On January 18th, the FCC ended months of speculation and released a fact sheet that included several key conclusions to be included in the 2018 Broadband Deployment Report. The most important is that the FCC continues to recognize that mobile Internet access is not … Read More

Pricing Report From Berkman Klein Center: Municipal Broadband Subscribers Get Better Rates

Date: 10 Jan 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

New research from the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard finds that “publicly owned networks offer the best all around value for the communities that make the investment.” This landmark report dismantles an argument foes of municipal broadband often make — and turns the tables on incumbent monopolies in Internet service.… Read More

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