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The participation society and its inability to correct the failure of market players to deliver adequate service levels in rural areas

This paper critically reviews the ‘participation society’ inspired policy measures of two Dutch provinces (Drenthe and Groningen) for providing rural broadband.

Chairman Pai Visits Arkansas to Push Rural Internet

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, who said his top priority is closing the digital divide in rural America, was close to ground zero of that divide in Arkansas on April 7.

Rural Broadband’s Only Hope: Thinking Outside the Box?

There are still areas that have nothing to tether them to the modern world at all. These areas are not just rural, but geographically challenging to traverse and connect. Oregon is one of these states.

NTIA Updates BroadbandUSA Website

The National Telecommunications & Information Administration, the White House's chief telecommunications policy advisor, has launched a revamped BroadbandUSA website and broadband map.

What the FCC Can Do to "Stay Woke" and Build a legacy of Advancing Civil Rights in the Digital Age

[Commentary] As we remember the 50th Anniversary of the silencing of Dr.

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National Digital Inclusion Alliance

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Tue, 04/17/2018 - 08:00 to Thu, 04/19/2018 - 14:30

Net Inclusion 2018 welcomes digital inclusion community practitioners, advocates, academics, Internet service providers, and policymakers to discuss:

  • local, state and federal policies and policy innovations impacting digital equity,
  • sources of financial and programmatic support of digital inclusion programs,
  • and digital inclusion best practices from across the country.


Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program Application Window

The Rural Utilities Service (RUS), an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA),  announces its Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program application window for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018.

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American Library Association Washington Office

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Thu, 04/12/2018 - 11:00 to 13:00

A lunchtime panel discussion on the Tribal Connect Act of 2017 (S.2205) highlighting the importance of broadband connectivity to tribal and rural communities. This discussion will focus on how broadband connectivity and telecommunications infrastructure in rural and tribal regions helps to enhance education, provide economic opportunity, and close the digital divide. The panel will explore the role that libraries play as community institutions that facilitate digital inclusion.

Introductions by Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and American Library Association President Jim Neal.



Second BDAC Member Quits Over Charges of Industry Influence

A second member has quit the Federal Communications Commission's Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee, also suggesting it has been carrying water for industry rather than drawing on a well of other sources to grow broadband deployment. Miguel G

Democratic Sens Slam Chairman Pai for Proposed Limits to Lifeline Program

A group of Democratic Sens slammed Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai over his proposal to cut down on a program that helps make broadband and phone service more affordable for low-income households. The Sens' letter targets a pro