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Libraries are Filling the Homework Gap as Students Head Back to School

Students heading back to school this fall that lack access to high-speed broadband will continue to rely upon libraries for homework assignments. Over the past few years, the U.S.


Department of Housing and Urban Development

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 08:00 to Tue, 09/18/2018 - 17:30

This year's summit will bring together 75 participating communities, forming an extensive national network of housing providers, municipal agencies .and community stakeholders that are dedicating themselves to digital inclusion.

This year's theme is "Connect to the Future!" a reflection of our goal to help families in public housing connect to the transformative tools of the Digital Age.  These tools will prepare residents for the technology changes that lie ahead and the vast opportunities these changes will bring. 

NCTA, Others Push for Senate Version of Rural Broadband Funding

Cable and telecommunication Internet service providers have gotten together to lobby for the broadband buildout funding provisions in the Senate version of the "Farm Bill." The Senate and House have each passed versions, now being reconciled in co

Rhetoric Aside: What the Data Actually Say About Broadband Deployment

Looking at the Federal Communications Commission’s Form 477 data from 2015 and 2016, three empirical facts emerge:


Radically Rural

Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 08:30 to 10:30

The digital age can eliminate density and geographic proximity requirements that were so critical during the industrial age.  The digital age will make it possible for a rural community to maintain its “rural” feel and continue to leverage its natural amenities while taking advantage of what only dense urban areas enjoyed last century.

Millions could lose low-cost phone service under FCC reforms

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, appointed to the post by President Donald Trump, wants to remove a majority of wireless providers that participate in the Lifeline program, in an attempt to eliminate “waste, fraud and abuse.” I

How the Rural Electric Cooperative Consortium Won $186 Million in CAF II Funding for Gigabit Broadband

When 21 rural electric cooperatives decided to submit a joint bid to receive funding for gigabit broadband in the Connect America Fund (CAF) II auction, their reason was a simple one.

Closing the digital and economic divides in rural America

This photo essay confirms that rural areas like Staunton (VA) are in critical need of high-speed broadband networks for economic and talent development, especially as access to technology has become the lever to avert the expected outcomes of pove

FCC focusing on rural broadband

Many use high speed internet every day, but for some people in rural areas around Siouxland, an internet connection can be hard to get. The Federal Communications Commission is now trying to fix that.