Broadband Gaps Impact Every Member of Congress

Brooking Institute Adie Tomer Digital connectivity is the glue of the modern American economy. From rural farmers to city business leaders, every industry relies on broadband to track markets, connect with customers, and sell their products. The American household is equally reliant on broadband, whether its kids bringing home their digital classrooms, adults telecommuting to … Continue reading Broadband Gaps Impact Every Member of Congress

Broadband redlining in rural California, a tale of two mayors

Steve Blum's Blog has an interesting account of broadband in two communities, one with fiber built with public money and another community split between two incumbent providers with no incentive to improve their broadband service. More details HERE. I draw readers attention to the economic benefits of having high-speed broadband in your community. Oroville Mayor: You … Continue reading Broadband redlining in rural California, a tale of two mayors

Governor Brown Signs AB 1665 “Internet for All” bill

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST AB 1665, Eduardo Garcia. Telecommunications: California Advanced Services Fund. Under existing law, the Public Utilities Commission has regulatory authority over public utilities, including telephone corporations. Existing law establishes, among other funds related to telecommunications, the California Advanced Services Fund (CASF) in the State Treasury. Existing law requires the commission to develop, implement, … Continue reading Governor Brown Signs AB 1665 “Internet for All” bill

Findings on the Economic Benefits of Broadband Expansion to Rural and Remote Areas

Increasing broadband access will be a boon to small-town economies by keeping local businesses competitive and attracting new residents. In a recent study by the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, it was found that areas with one to three broadband providers experience a 6.4 percent higher employment growth rate and a 2.4 percent increase … Continue reading Findings on the Economic Benefits of Broadband Expansion to Rural and Remote Areas

Signs of Digital Distress

The Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program has taken a detailed look at broadband in America and found some areas come up short, mainly in rural areas where the population density is low, which include many communities in the Sierra. Mapping Broadband availability and subscription in American Neighborhoods Executive Summary Highlights The internet is now a … Continue reading Signs of Digital Distress

Comstock’s Magazine: The Long Reach

As smart technology grows more essential to modern ag, farmers languish in digital dead zones An excellent article by Karen Wilkinson on the challenges that rural farmers face in a digital age. These farmers have been left out of the broadband revolution as they struggle to survive in a digital world. More agricultural equipment depends … Continue reading Comstock’s Magazine: The Long Reach