Category: Rural Headlines

KARE-TV: Getting beyond the divide in Greater MN

EXCERPT: “According to data from the Minnesota Secretary of State’s office, 73.38% of voters in Morrison County voted for President Donald Trump in 2016. In fact, Morrison County voters gave the president his widest margin of victory in the state at 52.73%. But what could be considered startling by some: is that this county hasn’t ...

Fortune: Land O’ Lakes CEO calls for big federal spending on rural broadband

EXCERPT: “Land O’ Lakes CEO Beth Ford called for $100 billion in government spending to expand high-speed Internet access to rural and underserved areas, and close the ‘digital divide’ that is costing residents their jobs, education, and progress. Speaking at the Fortune Global Forum, Ford was echoed by HP CEO Enrique Lores, who said the coronavirus pandemic has ...

AGDAILY: Rural Americans now have a map to 2,300 free Wi-Fi locations

EXCERPT: “The gap between city and rural access to broadband has always been apparent, but it was made painstakingly clear during the coronavirus pandemic. In response, several organizations partnered to launch the American Connection Project (ACP) interactive Wi-Fi map. The map provides a free resource to help the public locate more than 2,300 free Wi-Fi ...

Pew: COVID-19 Patients Swamp Rural Hospitals

EXCERPT: “The nation’s pandemic hotspots have shifted to rural communities, overwhelming small hospitals that are running out of beds or lack the intensive care units for more than one or two seriously ill patients. And in much of the Midwest and Great Plains, hospital workers are catching the virus at home and in their communities, seriously ...