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 Communications Commission data release, more than 1,100 rural fiber broadband providers operate networks of various sizes in some of the most remote parts of America, and more than 230 of those providers offer symmetrical (both download and upload) gigabit speeds. Rural broadband deployment isn’t easy, but the biggest barriers to better connectivity are not simply geographical.” FULLSTORY: http://bit.ly/2MDoa4N