Category: Technology

C/NET: Are AT&T and Verizon fleecing rural America?

EXCERPT: “Talk about unfair. Millions of broadband customers in rural and underserved urban markets are paying nearly identical prices for slower DSL service as customers who have access to high-speed fiber services. That’s the conclusion from a report published this week by the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA), which advocates for more equitable broadband deployment. In places where AT&T ...

VentureBeat: Midco plans fixed wireless internet to reach rural and rugged areas

EXCERPT: “Fiber cables generally offer the fastest internet speeds, but broadband providers have spent years wringing their hands over running expensive cabling to rural areas with small customer bases. Thankfully, so-called fixed wireless hardware appears set to change that equation, as Midcontinent Communications (Midco) is now offering wireless internet service to historically underserved communities within the U.S.’s ...

mHealth Intelligence: FCC Eyes Support for Telehealth, RPM Projects Serving Rural America

EXCERPT: “Federal authorities are proposing to launch a $100 million program to support telehealth and telemedicine programs for underserved populations, including remote patient monitoring programs that have shown past success in treating rural patients with diabetes and veterans. The Connected Care Pilot Program, announced by Federal Communications Commission member Brendan Carr and Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker ...

MinnPost: How Minnesota’s community newspapers hold on in the digital age

EXCERPT: “The Benson paper, like many in the most rural parts of the state, struggles to hang on as populations shift and subscriptions fall off. Digital advertising generates only a fraction of the revenue at small papers in Minnesota – 5 percent or less at most weeklies, in Anfinson’s estimation. Indeed, while daily newspapers have embraced ...

Forum News Service: Dayton pushes for more broadband expansion money

EXCERPT: “Minnesota’s broadband situation is better than some other states, but 12 percent of Minnesotans, mostly in Greater Minnesota, have internet connection speeds slower than the state standard. ‘We’re not taking the elevator, we are taking the stairs on this one,’ General Manager Dave Wolf of Gardonville Telephone Co-op of the Alexandria area said March ...