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USDA: Farmers Just As Likely To Have Internet As City Dwellers

October 18, 2017

Last week, this blog reported that Internet download speeds are getting faster around the country and that more households are online and have choices when it comes to where they get broadband. In other words: the digital divide is narrowing and competition is growing in all areas of the country.  That’s also the conclusion the …

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Broadband Speeding Up Across The United States

October 13, 2017

For the past several years, this blog has regularly tracked new private sector investments in broadband infrastructure. We’ve noted that, over the last two decades these companies have spent more than $1.5 trillion to bring more Americans online. That investment figure comes from US Telecom, the nation’s leading broadband association. That group recently released a …

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Granite Falls, Minn. Considers Costly Broadband System

September 19, 2017

The County Board of Commissioners in Granite Falls, Minn., a town of about 2,900 in Yellow Medicine County, has just released a broadband feasibility report. According to Government Technology, the study, which was conducted by CCG Consulting, found “bringing broadband service to rural areas of the county … will cost $20 million to $22 million …

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Government-Owned Broadband Hurt Rural ISPs

December 7, 2016

According to Levoy Knowles, executive director of the Tennessee Telecommunications Association (TTA), rural Tennessee is well served by private Internet Service Providers (ISPs). For example, as Knowles notes, “More than 137,000 rural Tennessee homes have high-speed internet service available to them via a fiber optic network.” Many of these service providers also happen to be …

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To Expand Rural Broadband, Reduce Barriers To Entry

October 21, 2016

Earlier this week, the Coalition for the New Economy highlighted the advice of Internet industry expert Larry Downes, who suggested one of the best ways to promote private sector broadband investment is to reduce regulatory barriers to entry. In testimony before the Joint High-Speed Broadband Communications Access for All Georgians Study Committee earlier this month, …

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What’s The Best Way To Address The Rural Internet Divide?

August 8, 2016

Like legislators in many states across the country, Georgia lawmakers are tackling how to bring high-speed internet to constituents in rural areas. Some states have considered whether to solve this problem by allowing municipal governments to build and operate their own networks in competition with the private sector. Others have considered building statewide middle mile …

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Rural Residents Still Without Broadband After Federal Tax Dollars “Mishandled”

August 5, 2015

A recent Politico report on the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) notes that hundreds of billions of tax dollars doled out in the 2009 economic stimulus have failed to stimulate nationwide broadband connections because, well, the money and networks have been very poorly managed.   Created in FDR’s New Deal as the Rural Electrification Administration, the …

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Community-Broadband in Cedar Falls, IA Not Necessarily a Success

January 14, 2015

President Barack Obama is in Cedar Falls, Iowa today to discuss access to high-speed broadband and to highlight Cedar Falls’ government-owned broadband system (GON). CNE blogged about the city’s network last year after Charles Davidson and Michael Santorelli included a review of it in a report they wrote for New York Law School on GONs. …

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Addressing Broadband in Idaho: The time is NOW

June 26, 2013

According to a report last October by the University of Idaho, “Competition among providers of residential broadband increased [in the state] between 2009 to 2011.” In fact, 61 broadband service providers operated in the state in 2011. Yet, many of the most rural counties still lack high-speed service (The state ranks 44th in the nation …

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Eagle-Net Alliance moving forward with $100 million taxpayer-financed broadband network

May 6, 2013

According to the Denver Post, the federal government has decided to allow Colorado’s Eagle-Net Alliance to move forward with a more than $100 million taxpayer-financed broadband network. The newspaper notes the grant had been “suspended since December after altering its rollout plans without first obtaining the required environmental approvals.” The Coalition for the New Economy …

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