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What It's Like to Live in America Without Broadband Internet - Motherboard
Wilfong is one of the more than 24 million Americans, or about 8 percent of the country, who don’t have access to high-speed internet, according to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)—and that’s a conservative estimate.
broadband  usa  fcc  digitaldivide 
yesterday by beep
The Broadband Boost Small-Town America Needs - GOVERNING
Publicly owned internet networks are giving some rural regions an advantage over even the techiest big cities.
rural-economic-development  rural-economy  ICT  broadband  Around-the-web  this-week-421 
yesterday by areadevelopment
Twitter
Metro households tend to be more likely to have than households in rural areas. Correlate persistent pov…
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2 days ago by andriak
Ajit Pai’s ex-broadband advisor arrested on charge of forging fiber contracts • Ars Technica
Jon Brodkin:
<p>The former head of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC) has been arrested on a charge of wire fraud for allegedly tricking investors into pouring money into a fiber-optic network.

Elizabeth Pierce is accused of "forg[ing] guaranteed revenue contracts to fraudulently induce investors to invest more than $250m in a fiber optic cable network in Alaska," according to a press release issued last week by the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

Pierce was the first chair of the Federal Communications Commission's 29-member broadband committee, which has seen defections from municipal officials who say it has prioritized the interests of private Internet providers over those of cities and towns.</p>


Peculiar thing: the Trump-backing Wall Street Journal <a href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/former-ceo-of-alaska-telecom-firm-accused-of-fraud-1523559675?mod=searchresults&page=1&pos=2">has the same story about Pierce</a> - except that unlike every other outlet which reported the story, it doesn't mention that she sat on Pai's broadband committee.

It's amazing: Trump's administration is like a vortex of corruption. If convicted, Pierce could get 20 years.
broadband  corruption 
4 days ago by charlesarthur
Digital Divide Index
Mapping the digital divide, including Washington State map by county
broadband  WN 
5 days ago by lauralpierce
Investing in rural America would lift nation's economy | TheHill
Opportunities abound for our leaders to make a meaningful difference in rural American.
Investing  in  rural  America  economy  TheHill  2018  april  electric  coop  broadband  fiber  data  infrastructure 
8 days ago by wmaceyka
Location Notebook: Tennessee - Focusing on Rural Development - Area Development
Realizing the need to stimulate growth in rural areas, state legislators, educators, and other stakeholders came together to pass legislation, certify sites, and increase broadband access among other measures aimed at attracting business and tourism.
area-development-features  Matt  Location-notebook  Tennessee  south  economic-development  site-selection  rural-economic-development  rural-economy  manufacturing  broadband  certified-sites 
8 days ago by areadevelopment
The FCC’s Blurry Vision of Satellite Broadband - Daily Yonder
The availability of : bureaucratic change in the reporting system or actual technology.
rural  broadband  ncpol  from twitter_favs
13 days ago by andriak
Charter appeals court loss, still claims it can’t be punished for slow speeds | Ars Technica
New York AG alleges that Charter promised speeds it knew it couldn't deliver.
Charter Communications is appealing a court ruling that said the ISP must face a lawsuit alleging the company falsely promised fast Internet speeds that Charter knew it could not deliver.
Charter claims that federal regulations, including the recent repeal of net neutrality rules, preempts the lawsuit filed by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman against Charter and its Time Warner Cable (TWC) subsidiary in February 2017.
The New York Supreme Court rejected Charter's motion to dismiss the case on February 16, but Charter is appealing the decision in a state appellate court. (Despite its name, the New York Supreme Court is not the state's highest court.)
Charter's appeal filed on Wednesday says the court "erred as a matter of law in denying Charter's motion to dismiss the complaint's allegations regarding actual broadband speeds, because those claims directly conflict with the FCC's regime for measuring and disclosing broadband speeds and are therefore preempted."
broadband  ISP  new_york  gov2.0  legal  net_neutrality 
16 days ago by rgl7194
As the Digital Divide Grows, an Untapped Solution Languishes | WIRED
fascinating history of special spectrum licenses in the use (ITFS, EBS) and how they evolved over time.
connectivity  broadband  spectrum  ebs  television  fcc  erate 
19 days ago by WBedutech

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