Kansas Cooperative To Provide Internet Access to Rural Residents

Date: 11 Oct 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

City Officials in Fort Scott, Kansas, located about 95 miles south of Kansas City, say that they haven’t been able to entice national providers to bring high-quality Internet access to their town of about 8,000 people. That may be a good thing — Craw-Kan Telephone Cooperative is building out fiber in Fort Scott as early as 2019.… Read More

Wisconsin Town Offers Affordable Gig Internet to All Subscribers

Date: 9 Oct 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In September, Reedsburg Utility Commission (RUC) in Wisconsin announced that they’re simplifying life for subscribers. They’ve eliminated service tiers and now everyone who signs up for the service receives affordable, symmetrical gigabit Internet access from their recently rebranded LightSpeed service.… Read More

FCC Actions Worsen America’s Digital Divide

Date: 5 Oct 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For all their attempts to tout their accomplishments, the current FCC under Chairman Ajit Pai is failing miserably at the their promise to shrink the digital divide in America. In a recent commentary in The Hill, policy and program manager for Next Century Cities Cat Blake explains how, rather than reducing the gap between Internet haves and have-nots, policy changes under the new administration is making the problem worse. Cat offers a few specific examples of policies and actions taken by the current FCC that have not only aggravated the problem of digital inclusion, but masked the realities of its severity.… Read More

Rural Minnesotans Face “Corporate Indifference” of Internet Service Provider

Date: 4 Oct 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A few weeks ago, we wrote about one of the community meetings held by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to address mounting frustrations over poor service from Frontier Communications. Subscribers at the meeting in Wyoming, Minnesota, complained of download speeds as slow as 0.05 Megabits per second (Mbps), outages that lasted for weeks, and unhelpful customer service representatives.… Read More

California Reduces Restrictions for Rural Community Broadband

Date: 2 Oct 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

While major media outlets cover news about California Governor Jerry Brown’s decision to sign the state’s network neutrality bill, we’re high-fiving his signature on AB 1999. On September 30th, Gov. Brown approved the bill that removes state restrictions limiting publicly owned options for rural Internet access. The change signifies what we hope to see more of – state action empowering local communities set on improving local connectivity.… Read More

On Tribal Lands, Internet Access is Even Worse than Federal Data Show, GAO Study Finds

Date: 25 Sep 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), at least 35 percent of tribal residents do not have access to fixed broadband. In comparison, only 7.7 percent of all U.S. residents lack access to fixed broadband, defined as minimum speeds of 25 Megabits per second (Mbps) download and 3 Mbps upload.… Read More

Lack of Internet Access and Poor Policy Combine to Strip Arkansans of Medicaid

Date: 21 Sep 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

People in Arkansas who depend on Medicaid for healthcare typically don’t have the option to sign-up for affordable health insurance through their jobs. Sometimes they aren’t able to find full-time positions that offer healthcare or they don’t earn enough to afford the premiums in addition to covering life expenses for their families. With so many people offline, either because they can’t afford to pay for connectivity or because they live in areas where there is no connectivity, Arkansas seems like a poor choice for mandatory online reporting of anything, especially activity that dictates eligibility for Medicare. … Read More

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