Benton Foundation

Broadband Subsidies for Community Anchor Institutions

[Commentary] Studies show community anchor institutions (CAIs) often cannot afford to purchase the broadband capacity they need to serve their communities.

Libraries and Rural Broadband

With just a little over 2,000 people in western Kansas’ Stanton County, you might be surprised there’s a library in the area. But the Stanton County Public Library is heavily used.

Feeling Access Pains

[Commentary] While we don’t usually think of cities as lacking broadband services, what they often lack is affordable broadband.

Access, Diversity, and Equity are More Important Than Ever

[Commentary] If I learned anything during this election, it is that opposing sides are not speaking with each other. And because we are more disconnected, we need to focus on ways to connect.

Options for Accelerating Great American Broadband

While my voting habits are partisan, I view broadband as potentially bi-partisan. The substance of my three recent speeches, written before the election, were consciously designed to communicate the same messages regardless of outcome.

2016 As Prologue, Not Aberration

[Commentary] I believe the American people got pretty much the 2016 Presidential campaign coverage that Big Cable and Big Broadcasters wanted us to have.

Government Funding for Broadband Network Providers Serving Community Anchor Institutions

Governments can play an important role in funding broadband infrastructure deployment to ensure robust, affordable access for anchor institutions beyond what the market is able to do.

This Changes Nothing; This Changes Everything

[Commentary] Expecting, perhaps, a wave of new Members of Congress, we had an eye on the elections of Members of key Congressional committees with jurisdiction over telecommunications.

Stronger Together For and With Great Broadband

Recently, I gave a speech in Wilson (NC) at a conference on Expanding the Gigabit Ecosystem.

Make America Great—with Great Broadband

The primary objective of broadband policy ought to be to stimulate faster, better, cheaper broadband. There are many paths up the mountain. Let me offer a couple of thoughts based on my experiences with other communities.