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 …

Rural Broadband Availability is Vastly Overestimated Thanks to Flawed FCC Data

Published on: October 11, 2018

By: Joan Engebreston, The Telecompetitor (October 9, 2018) – The FCC has vastly overestimated rural broadband availability, according to a new report from the Center for Rural Affairs. The commission has been relying on Form 477 data in gauging where broadband is available for purposes of the Connect America Fund and Universal Service Fund programs. Individual states also have relied on …

The Gig Economy Goes Global

Published on: October 5, 2018

By: Morgan Stanley (June 4th, 2018) – Shifting demographics, digitalization, and the desire for greater job satisfaction could redesign the landscape of global employment into a freelance-driven model in the coming years, presenting benefits and challenges to corporates, the staffing industry, and the freelancers themselves. In the United Kingdom, France and the Netherlands, freelance growth has outpaced overall employment growth. The …

Closing the Gap: Private, Public Efforts Underway to Bring Internet to Rural Areas.

Published on: October 2, 2018

By: Kaitlin Ryan, The Alpena News ALPENA — The lack of broadband availability is more than an inconvenience in northern Michigan, it is an obstacle to growth, local internet providers said. Without accessibility to the online world, communities are cut off from a wealth of information, connection to people, business opportunities, and general technological advances, providers said. It also prevents …

More Americans Now Telecommute Than Take Public Transportation to Work

Published on: September 24, 2018

By Mike Maciag, Governing The States and Localities (September 21, 2018) – A growing number of American workers are abandoning their commutes. The latest estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau published last week show that approximately 8 million workers primarily work from home. That makes telework now second behind only driving as the most common means of getting to work, …

Pentagon: High military spouse unemployment rate threatens force readiness, national security

Published on: September 20, 2018

By Ben Wolfgang, The Washington Times Washington D.C. (July 2, 2018) – Christina Thomas says she is used to being asked the same questions over and over in each job interview — questions that are usually a sign she won’t be getting a call back. ” ‘What do you mean you’re a military spouse? Does that mean you’re going to …

Why rural internet programs bring new opportunities for remote workers and businesses

Published on: September 17, 2018

By Macy Bayern, Tech Republic (September 14, 2018) – Microsoft and Network Business Systems plan to bring broadband internet to rural areas of Illinois, Iowa, and South Dakota. On Thursday, Microsoft and Network Business Systems announced plans to bring broadband internet access to rural communities in Illinois, Iowa, and South Dakota, bringing connectivity to approximately 126,700 unserved people, according to …

NRECA Estimates Economic Impact of Lack of Broadband: 68.2 Billion Annually in Member Areas

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By Carl Weinschenk, Telecompetitor (September 12, 2018) – Lack of broadband is costly, according to a new study from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). The study looked at the economic impact of lack of broadband in rural areas served by NRECA members. The study estimated that 6.3 million electric co-op households lack broadband because of the high cost …

BRIDGING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE: Creating an Even Playing Field in an Era of Digital Education

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By Melissa, The Mommyhood Chronicles (September 15, 2018) – As students start heading back to classrooms across the country, instead of pencils and paper, many children rely on laptops and the internet to do their work. According to a recent study, 96.5% of students need internet access to do their homework. That makes home internet access a vital tool for …