Despite Forward Progress, Broadband Access Remains an Issue in Michigan

Laketown, MI (July 3, 2018) – For Connie Valkema, at-home internet has been an integral, but unreliable part of her livelihood for years. When Valkema, a resident of Laketown Township for about the past five years, found out Comcast Corp. was expanding its network to bring high-speed internet service to most of Laketown and Saugatuck townships, she became emotional. “I got …

Rural Communities Suffer the Most Without Access to the Web

Twin Lake, MI (July 1, 2018) – Like most people these days, Wanda Finkler relies on the Internet to stay connected. Finkler lives in Twin Lake in Muskegon County, Mich., and shops online, does her banking online, uses social media to connect with her friends and family. So, as she built a new home in the area, Finkler was excited by …

Bringing Broadband to Rural Texas

Austin, TX. (July 1, 2018) – There are times when volunteer firefighter Jerry Bell could really use a broadband internet connection to find water or to pull up Google Maps for a better fix on his location. But because Bell and his fellow Lake Palo Pinto Volunteer Fire Department members often find themselves battling a blaze miles from town, that’s not …

How Digital Works is Improving Economic Growth in Rural Communities

Grants, New Mexico (June 28, 2018) – It can be difficult to find a job in rural America. There are few brick-and-mortar opportunities for those who want to stay close to their families and provide for their children or themselves. As a result, many are forced to move to larger cities and leave behind the quiet life they know and …

A Way Out of Poverty: How Digital Works is Helping Single Moms

Greensburg, KS (June 28, 2018) – Being a single mother can be tough. But according to the American Psychological Association*, it’s even more difficult than you may think. That’s because households led by a single mom have a 31.6% poverty rate. So, it’s important to give single mothers better options for supporting their families. For Tami Raber, Digital Works was …

One Mom Finds New Hope Through Digital Works

Columbus, Ohio (June 20, 2018) – Crystal Amesquita never expected to be in this position—recently incarcerated and struggling to find a job to support her 12-year-old son Dominic. But everything was about to change. A program called Digital Works (DW) came into her life at the right moment and turned it all around. While staying at the Alvis House in …

What Rural America Needs to Succeed in the Digital Economy

By Matt Dunne, Center on Rural Innovation. This article was published on June 3, 2018. A seismic shift is happening in rural America. The opioid epidemic is disabling a segment of the workforce, retail jobs are giving way to ecommerce platforms, and college graduates are moving to cities in search of higher pay. But arguably the biggest change is workforce …