Microsoft Expands Rural Broadband Initiative to 25 states

Published on: December 5, 2018

Published by StateScoop on December 4, 2018 by Ryan Johnston Microsoft will expand its rural broadband development initiative to reach three million people throughout 25 states by July 4, 2022, according to an announcement made by company President Brad Smith on Tuesday. The company launched its “Airband” initiative 18 months ago to partner with local and regional internet service providers …

Local Banks Should Invest in Broadband Expansion Plans in Rural Areas, Report Says

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Published by The Daily Yonder on December 5, 2018  by Janet Fix and Letty Shapiro EDITOR’S NOTE: A new report from Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (a federal regulatory agency) encourages banks to invest and participate in projects that improve broadband for underserved communities. Besides meeting community needs and improving their own internet access, banks may be eligible to count broadband projects toward federal requirements to support local …

$91 Million in USDA Rural Broadband Funding Awarded in 12 States

Published on: November 14, 2018

By: Carl Weinschenk, The Telecompetitor (November 13, 2018) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing $91 million in e-Connectivity initiatives in 12 states. The USDA rural broadband funding will go toward networks in Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah and Virginia, and is expected to help 27,000 business and households. “In …

The Future of Rural: Examining Texas Communities

Published on: November 13, 2018

College Station, TX (November 13, 2018) – Across Texas, community leaders, families, business owners, and others are taking part in watch parties for the “Future of Rural Texas symposium,” which is being hosted by the Texas Tribune newspaper. The event covers issues that impact rural Texas, from health care to education to broadband expansion. Many of the discussions mimic the problems seen in …

How this Army veteran integrated new digital skills with military background

Published on: November 8, 2018

By: Michael Stawser Published in Louisville Business First on November 9, 2018 Louisville, KY. (November 11, 2018) – Radcliff resident Norvinnia McLaurine, 41, is pictured at Saunders Springs Nature Preserve, where the Army veteran often goes to clear his mind. McLaurine recently completed a training program for veterans called Digital Works, a subset of the nonprofit Connected Nation, which aims to …

Digital Skills and Job Training: Community-driven initiatives are leading the way in preparing Americans for today’s jobs

Published on: October 30, 2018

John B. Horrigan October 2018 This paper, published by the Benton Foundation, was made possible through support of the Media Democracy Fund & was conducted in coordination with the Baltimore Digital Inclusion Coalition Jobs in the 21st Century The Great Recession meant joblessness for many Americans, but unemployment struck those with lower income or less education the hardest. In 2013, …

In farm country, forget broadband. You might not have internet at all

Published on: October 24, 2018

By: Shara Tibken – CNET (October 23, 2018) – “We do apologize for the inconvenience this interruption of service may cause and wish you the best in finding a new internet service provider,” the Cumberland Telephone Company said as it suggested satellite and cellular companies as possible alternatives. This may not be a big deal for many Americans who have multiple, …

Why rural areas can’t catch a break on speedy broadband

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By: Marguerite Readon – CNET (October 23, 2018) – When Galen Manners was offered a promotion at his job, he didn’t want to relocate to the big city from his family in rural Kansas, where he helped his two brothers run their 2,000-acre farm in his spare time. His employer gave him the option to work from home. But there was …

Both Blackburn and Bredesen say they want to expand rural internet. Here’s how each would do it.

Published on: October 15, 2018

By: Jamie McGee, Nashville Tennessean Nashville, TN. (October 11, 2018) – For Tennessee residents living in Hamilton County, home to Chattanooga’s municipally provided internet, 1 percent of residents lack access to basic internet speeds. But in Hickman County, 35 percent lack access to basic internet, or speeds of 25 megabits per second. In Wayne, Perry and Hancock counties, each classified by the state as economically distressed …

Iowa: Rural Broadband, and the Unknown Costs of the Digital Divide

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Published in the Columbia Journalism Review on October 15, 2018 Article by Lyz Lenz The last time I almost died was in February. A late winter thaw had made me overconfident in the roads, and so I’d gone out in search of an abandoned pioneer church just outside of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. One hour into the journey and I was …