Category: Technology

Engadget: England turns to the church to help fix rural internet

EXCERPT: “Though our cities now teem with fiber optic cables and 4G signals, it’s still common for rural areas to struggle with even basic connectivity. In the UK, a new pact between church and state could help local religious hubs become bastions of faster broadband. The National Church Institutions (NCIs) of the Church of England and the government will ...

Politico: America’s digital divide, in 2 maps

EXCERPT: “The divide between America’s haves and have nots is increasingly marked by technology. A broadband connection is a portal to jobs, to education, to consumer goods, to information and to other people. Yet huge swaths of the United States are still unconnected, particularly in rural areas. Some areas lack access to an internet connection ...

MinnPost: Dynamics of the rural-urban divide explored at MinnPost Social

EXCERPT: “The 2017-18 MinnPost Social season continued Wednesday evening, when more than 100 people gathered at the Happy Gnome in St. Paul to discuss the urban/rural divide in Minnesota . . . MinnPost editor Andy Putz moderated the conversation, which touched on the degree to which metro and Greater Minnesota have similar — or different ...

CNET: Trump pushes for broadband expansion in rural areas

EXCERPT: “President Donald Trump signed an executive order Monday aimed at making it easier for companies to deploy high-speed broadband networks in rural areas. Speaking at the annual convention of the American Farm Bureau Federation in Nashville Monday, Trump unveiled and then signed a presidential order that expedites federal permitting to allow broadband expansion in rural areas and makes it ...

Go MN: The map that shows rural Minnesota will suffer most from net neutrality repeal

EXCERPT: “Net neutrality rules have the support of 83 percent of Americans, but that didn’t stop the FCC from repealing them on Thursday. Pending a legal challenge, the open internet principles that state every website is treated equally will be gone. In return, more power will be given to internet service providers (ISPs) who could now potentially charge customers to use ...

Hometown Focus: $26 million for 39 broadband projects in Greater Minnesota announced

EXCERPT: “Lt. Governor Tina Smith and the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) announced the 2017 Border to Border Broadband Grant recipients. The grants total $26 million for 39 broadband infrastructure projects that will provide 9,973 households, 2,169 businesses, and 60 community institutions across Minnesota access to reliable, affordable high-speed Internet . . .The ...

Minnesota Public Radio: Minnesota small towns envision a driverless future

EXCERPT: “When most transportation wonks predict how self-driving vehicles will be used in the not-too-distant future, it sounds a lot like how people currently get a ride through Uber or Lyft — just without the driver . . . But that model is designed primarily for cities or suburbs where lots of people live relatively ...