Rural Communities Losing $68 Billion in Economic Value Due to Digital Divide, New NRECA Study Finds

Arlington, VA – The lack of broadband access for 6.3 million electric co-op households results in more than $68 billion in lost economic value, according to new research by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). The new report investigates the cost of the digital divide and the growing economic advantages to America’s rural communities. … Continue reading Rural Communities Losing $68 Billion in Economic Value Due to Digital Divide, New NRECA Study Finds

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Introducing the Community Networks Quickstart Program

Determining if a publicly owned network is right for your community is a multi-step, complex process. Many factors will influence whether or not the residents, business owners, and local leaders in your community will want to make an investment in Internet access infrastructure. ILSR’s Community Broadband Networks Initiative is now working with NEO Partners, LLC, … Continue reading Introducing the Community Networks Quickstart Program

Opening Round: Local Officials Mull Suing FCC

— National organizations representing municipalities are rebelling against FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr's plan to streamline the deployment of the 5G wireless infrastructure known as small cells. The proposal, set for a Sept. 26 vote, would preempt local government authority, a measure of run-around that wireless giants like AT&T and Verizon say may be necessary for … Continue reading Opening Round: Local Officials Mull Suing FCC

Closing The Digital And Economic Divides In Rural America

Today, Staunton sits at the crossroads of two interstates, 81 and 64, which carry traffic north and south through the center of the valley and east across the Piedmont to Virginia’s state capitol, Richmond. With a 2017 population of nearly 25,000, Staunton is the first stop on my 10-city tour to investigate the effects of … Continue reading Closing The Digital And Economic Divides In Rural America

Small-Town Ingenuity Is Making Gigabit Broadband A Reality

With all the headlines about the lack of broadband in rural America, you’d be forgiven for thinking that all small towns are stuck in the dark age of dial-up internet. The untold story of rural broadband is that over the past seven years, independent broadband networks have proliferated. Today, some of the fastest, most affordable … Continue reading Small-Town Ingenuity Is Making Gigabit Broadband A Reality

Digital Cities: Building the New Public Infrastructure

Broadband section of white paper by CISCO. Laying the Foundation: Public Wi-Fi and Next-Gen Broadband At just 3 percent or, $59 billion, of Digital Value at Stake, public Wi-Fi and broadband offer modest direct value for cities. But that low percentage belies far more significant indirect benefits, which is why public Wi-Fi and broadband underpin … Continue reading Digital Cities: Building the New Public Infrastructure

NTIA’s Request for Comments on Broadband Data Spurs Concerns About FCC’s Form 477

The Broadband Breakfast has the details. The following is excerpts: According to US Telecom, the root of the problem is not “an inaccurate view of where broadband exists” but rather that “unserved locations are not mapped at all.” Because they are unmapped, the unserved areas remain excluded from policies to deploy broadband access. “It is … Continue reading NTIA’s Request for Comments on Broadband Data Spurs Concerns About FCC’s Form 477