Category: Technology

Twin Cities Business: Speedy Internet for All Minnesotans? Not Even the Most Ambitious Bill Will Make It Happen

EXCERPT: “While cities and towns in Koochiching County might have fast and reliable internet service, large parts of the northern Minnesota region currently have no good options. Paul Nevanen, director of the county’s Economic Development Authority, says that translates to headaches for the area’s economy. Just miles from International Falls, where broadband access has attracted a significant data ...

WNAX-Radio: Expansion of Broadband Internet Access Needs More Funding

EXCERPT: “Advocates want 35 million dollars a year ongoing funding from the state to expand broadband Internet access in rural Minnesota, and bills have been introduced in both the Minnesota House and Senate.  Judy Erickson with the Rural Broadband Coalition says it needs to be in the base budget instead of one-time money like in ...

UPI: FCC orders investigation of U.S. wireless carriers over data discrepancies Read more: FCC Orders Investigation of US Wireless Carriers Over Data Discrepancies

EXCERPT: “The Federal Communications Commission said Friday it will investigate whether major U.S. wireless providers have submitted false data. The FCC said it will temporarily suspend the start of a $4.5 billion program to improve wireless Internet service in rural and other underserved areas while the probe is underway. Wireless providers were required to submit current data of their ...

Minnesota Public Radio: Southern Minn. towns fed up with telecom service

EXCERPT: “You would expect to look up to see Frontier Communications telephone lines in the town of Ceylon, neatly swaying from traditional wood utility poles. But in parts of town, look down. There they are — black cables snaking through the grass. ‘There’s three lines there, that are just laying across the ground,’ said John Gibeau, ...

USDA: USDA Launches Webpage Highlighting Resources to Help Rural Communities Bridge the Broadband e-Connectivity Infrastructure Gap

EXCERPT: “U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today unveiled a new webpage featuring information about the importance of rural e-Connectivity and the ways the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing to help deploy high-speed broadband infrastructure in rural America. ‘Rural high-speed broadband e-Connectivity is as important for economic development as rail, roads, bridges and airports – ...

Wired: Small-Town Ingenuity is Making Gigabit Broadband a Reality

EXCERPT: “The untold story of rural broadband is that over the past seven years, independent broadband networks have proliferated. Today, some of the fastest, most affordable internet in the country can be found in communities like Oskaloosa, Iowa (population:11,500); Powell, Wyoming (6,400); Red Wing, Minnesota (16,500); and Springfield, Vermont (9,000). According to a 2016 Federal ...

Health Data Management: FCC supports rural broadband deployments to enable telehealth

EXCERPT: “The Federal Communications Commission is putting its money where its mouth is when it comes to ensuring that rural Americans are able to connect to quality healthcare through the deployment of high-speed broadband. Earlier this month, the FCC unanimously approved a new $100 million Connected Care Pilot Program designed to provide access to telemedicine for ...