Blogs

January 22-26, 2018
Weekly Digest

Is this FCC Advisory Committee Steamrolling Cities to Help ISPs?

 

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Round-Up for the Week of January 22-26, 2018

Robbie McBeath
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Op-ed

Broadband Price Diversity: Good for Adoption?

Why do Internet service providers (ISPs) merchandise numerous broadband plans and target different consumer groups? Can there be too many or too few options? Broadband offerings might eventually become too complex, varying in down- and up-load speeds, contract duration, price structure, technology, and the bundling of services.

Op-ed

Next Generation Broadband for Western North Carolina

Blair Levin

Regional Broadband Roundtable

Asheville, North Carolina

January 22, 2018

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Many thanks and Happy New Year.

I don’t want to argue with the title of the most famous book ever written by a regional native son but I am happy to prove you can go home again.

January 15-19, 2018
Weekly Digest

Year One: Trump vs The Free Press

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Round-Up for the Week of January 15-19, 2018

Analysis

Innovators in Digital Inclusion: Connecting for Good

Broadband access and adoption are essential for full participation in our society, for education, for public health, and for public safety. But nagging gaps in broadband adoption exist in too many U.S. communities. In Digital Inclusion and Meaningful Broadband Adoption Initiatives, Dr. Colin Rhinesmith explores successful, local efforts to help low-income individuals and families overcome the barriers to broadband adoption. Dr.

Analysis

Experimentation is the Watchword as Communities Seek to Close Adoption Gaps


John Horrigan 

For many low-income Americans, internet connectivity is a struggle. About half (53%) of those in households with annual incomes under $30,000 have a home broadband internet subscription plan, compared with 93% of households whose annual incomes exceed $75,000. This makes closing connectivity gaps a priority for policymakers, the non-profit sector, and many internet service providers (ISPs).

January 8-12, 2018
Weekly Digest

Year One of the Trump FCC

Robbie McBeath
McBeath

You’re reading the Benton Foundation’s Weekly Round-up, a recap of the biggest (or most overlooked) telecommunications stories of the week. The round-up is delivered via e-mail each Friday.

Round-Up for the Week of January 8-12, 2018

Op-ed

Defining Success in the FCC's Connect America Fund Phase II Auction

Carol Mattey
Carol Mattey

The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) upcoming Connect America Fund (CAF) Phase II auction will be the first significant U.S. effort to use competitive bidding to address the digital divide in rural America.

Op-ed

Where The Rubber Meets The Road

 

Michael Copps
Mike Copps    

December 18-22, 2017
Weekly Digest

Disney to Buy Fox. Was The Repeal of Net Neutrality A Factor?

Robbie McBeath
McBeath

 

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Round-Up for the Week of December 18-22, 2017