Lawmakers To Trump: Don’t Forget Rural Broadband

"President Donald Trump's still-unreleased infrastructure plan is already facing one big demand from dozens of lawmakers: a dedicated pot of money for rural broadband," John reports. Trump has repeatedly pledged to promote faster internet service for rural communities, a key part of his base, but White House officials have said the infrastructure plan isn't expected … Continue reading Lawmakers To Trump: Don’t Forget Rural Broadband

Makers are Rural Economic Developers and Educators

What is a maker you ask? Dale Dougherty writing in Free to Make: How the Maker Movement is Changing Our Schools, Our Jobs, and Our Mind Makers are people who regard technology as an invitation to explore and experiment, with the most inclusive possible definition of technology, meaning any skill or technique that we learn … Continue reading Makers are Rural Economic Developers and Educators

Trump’s Broadband Assist

The Trump administration is eyeing multiple "work streams" to help speed along broadband deployment, the National Economic Council's Grace Koh told reporters Friday: easing the permitting process on federal lands; letting towers built on federal lands also include infrastructure from telecom companies; and using dark fiber agencies have deployed to help rural providers through interconnection … Continue reading Trump’s Broadband Assist

Rural Broadband: The Red Herring of Net Neutrality

Matthew Sekol writing at Medium [. . .] USTelecom, the nation’s leading trade association representing and promoting the interests of its members, broadband service providers and suppliers for the telecom industry (according to their site), states that as of 2015, about 4% of the US lacked a wired connection and .2% lacked wired or wireless … Continue reading Rural Broadband: The Red Herring of Net Neutrality

Today in Technology: Innovation in the Heart of America

Brad Smith, Microsoft President, writing at LinkedIn with Carol Ann Browne We live in a time when it’s easy to talk about a divided America. On some days the divide is characterized by partisanship and a division between our political parties. On other days the news is characterized by racial or economic divides. But there’s … Continue reading Today in Technology: Innovation in the Heart of America

Who’s Spinning the World Wide Web? A Look at Broadband Connectivity

Post by Michelle Gartner. Sr Program Manager at SBC. I’ve always been curious about technology and how it works. Since embarking on my new position at Sierra Business Council managing the Gold Country Broadband Consortium, my curiosity around how we are connected to the World Wide Web has grown. I’ve been trying to uncover who … Continue reading Who’s Spinning the World Wide Web? A Look at Broadband Connectivity