Rural America Needs the Broadband Data Improvement Act

Published on: August 22, 2019

The following opinion piece as published in the Tennessean on August 22, 2019 by Matthew J. McClanahan, Guest columnist  Rural broadband is critical to support the farmers and ranchers who grow our food, the long-term economic viability of rural communities and the overall quality of life for rural Americans The Ford Model A rambled, shuddered and lumbered its way down a dusty …

Kentucky’s Military Affairs Executive Director Honored with Broadband Visionary Award

Published on: August 19, 2019

Frankfort, Ky. (August 19, 2019) – Connected Nation (CN) honored Colonel M. Blaine Hedges, USA (Retired) on Monday, August 19, with the 2019 Broadband Visionary Award. This prestigious, national award recognizes individuals who demonstrate exceptional and innovative leadership in the application of broadband and its related technologies. “Colonel Hedges saw early on how high-speed internet could help address a chronic …

Technology Company Working to Provide Internet to Rural Communities

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Published by UpNorthLive on August 17, 2019 By Paul Steeno LEELANAU COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) — Internet connects people to the world so having slow internet or no access at all is very frustrating. A local technology company is working to solve that problem one town at a time. Cherry Capital Communications is providing homes in rural Cheboygan better access to …

Illinois Governor Pritzker Launches Connect Illinois, a $420 Million Statement Broadband Expansion Effort

Published on: August 16, 2019

The following story was first published in STL News on August 16, 2019  Springfield, IL (STL.News) – With a historic $420 million investment in broadband infrastructure included in the Rebuild Illinois capital plan, Governor JB Pritzker launched a statewide strategic initiative to guide broadband expansion by naming 25 members to the Broadband Advisory Council. “Rebuild Illinois will improve our infrastructure at a historic …

Free Wi-Fi starts at several Cleveland RTA stations; connectivity coming to buses, trains

Published on: August 14, 2019

Published by cleveland.com on August 14, 2019 By Courtney Astolfi CLEVELAND, Ohio — Free Wi-Fi is now available at several Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority stations and transit centers, and internet access will be expanded over the coming months to buses, trains and additional stations. RTA interim CEO Dr. Floun’say Caver announced the Wi-Fi services with East Cleveland Mayor Brandon …

Please Wait While We Connect You: Rural Broadband Access an Issue in Pa. Capitol

Published on: August 12, 2019

Published by The Philadelphia Inquirer on August 12, 2019 By Sash Hupka DOVER, Pa. — Nearly every night, as Ray Van de Castle locks up the Dover Area Community Library in York County, he notices people in parked cars with their eyes glued to gently glowing screens. The people camped out in the parking lot do not have good internet …

Wittman supports FCC efforts to improve broadband mapping

Published on: August 9, 2019

Published by Augusta Free Press on August 9, 2019 Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01), Co-Chair of the Rural Broadband Caucus, commended the FCC on its approval of an order establishing the Digital Opportunity Data Collection. This proposal would require broadband providers to offer more detailed information on where they provide coverage and where they do not. It also institutes periodic challenge …

8 Million Low Income Households Connected In 8 Years—Policy Takeaways From Comcast’s Internet Essentials

Published on: August 7, 2019

Published by Forbes on August 7, 2019 By Roslyn Layton  An article of faith among some policy advocates is that fiber networks should be built to every residence in the US and that all people are entitled to high-speed, low-cost access. This “supply side” view is fundamentally flawed because it fails to incorporate the diverse needs of individual users. The …

Central Alabama Electric Cooperative ramps up broadband push

Published on: August 5, 2019

Published by YellowHammerNews on August 5, 2019 By Sean Ross PRATTVILLE — High-speed broadband access is on the way to Alabamians in Central Alabama Electric Cooperative’s (CAEC) primarily rural 5,000 square-mile service territory. At a packed announcement event on Friday, the cooperative explained that it has formed a wholly owned subsidiary, named “Central Access,” to construct a 400-mile fiber optic ring that …

FCC Revamps Telecomm Program for Rural Healthcare Providers

Published on: August 2, 2019

Published by Healthcare Dive on August 2, 2019  By Ron Shinkman Dive Brief: The Federal Communications Commission has introduced reforms to the Rural Health Care Program intended to make it easier for hospitals and other medical providers in remote areas to receive access to broadband and telecommunications services. The FCC simplified how RHC funding is distributed to favor providers if …