Despite Forward Progress, Broadband Access Remains an Issue in Michigan

Published on: July 3, 2018

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

Published on: July 2, 2018

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

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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 …

Lack of high-speed internet leaves rural communities behind

Published on: June 28, 2018

Lauren Gibbons, M Live 06/28/2018 A lack of reliable, speedy internet can impact several aspects of a community’s success, including access to educational and economic development opportunities, said Eric Frederick, executive director of Connect Michigan. Connect Michigan is a nonprofit that works with the Michigan Public Service Commission to track broadband access in the state. Getting people access to that infrastructure and educating them on ways they …

State Lawmakers are in No Hurry to Bridge Ohio’s Digital Divide

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WKSU 89.7 By: M. L. Schultze June 20, 2018 In many rural areas, broadband service remains limited, cost-prohibitive or unavailable altogether. State lawmakers have proposed two bills to change that. Key to advanced tech Stu Johnson, executive director of the technology non-profit Connect Ohio, says both bills are needed. And he says the entire state needs broadband in order to take …

The FCC says all of Iowa has access to broadband internet. Speed tests tell a different story.

Published on: June 20, 2018

By: Sam Bloch. This article was published on June 20, 2018. Iowa – Like everyone else, rural Americans need broadband. They rely on their internet connections for many of the same reasons urban Americans do: to find doctors and look for jobs, pay bills and do homework, get the news and watch movies. But outside of cities, where great distances …

Measuring Impact of Broadband in 5 Rural MN Communities

Published on: June 7, 2018

Publish by: Blandin Foundation June 6, 2018 Access to, and use of, high-speed Internet is critical for today’s communities. Across rural Minnesota are stories of communities putting in the hard work necessary to bring the benefits of broadband home. These stories illustrate the impact that broadband investment can have on a community’s vibrancy. Blandin Foundation commissioned Ann Treacy of Treacy …

Expanding Broadband: Why the Time to Act is Now

Published on: June 6, 2018

Columbus, Ohio (June 6, 2018) – Expanding broadband in Ohio is so important to those living in the Buckeye State that more than 20 people submitted testimony on June 5, 2018 to the Senate Finance Committee in support of Senate Bill 225. The bill seeks to create the Ohio Broadband Grant Program, which would provide funding opportunities for broadband expansion …

What Rural America Needs to Succeed in the Digital Economy

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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 …