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With Electric Co-ops, an Opportunity to Change the Politics of Broadband in Rural America

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BROADBAND BREAKFAST INSIGHT: This piece by our friend and colleague Craig Settles addresses several issues about co-ops, broadband, and rural economic development being addressed at the Broadband Communities Summit this week in Austin, Texas. Both Craig Settles, the author of this piece, and Tim Marema, the editor of DailyYonder.com, participated in the Rural Telecommunications Congress program from Tuesday to Thursday. Additional sessions at the conference on Thursday will continue the discussion about electric cooperatives and their role in the rural broadband landscape.

Are State Legislatures Wising Up About Broadband Co-ops?, from Daily Yonder:

State legislatures are inadvertently contributing to a fast-growing trend that’s leading to better broadband: co-ops partnering with municipalities and counties.

In North Carolina, H 431 (the FIBER NC Act) would reduce barriers for local governments to invest in publicly owned broadband infrastructure and work with private-sector partners. The state currently has one of the most draconian restrictions on municipalities’ ability to build these networks.

Community broadband activists say the North Carolina bills represent a potential tipping point.

“Their bill is an attempt to loosen the tight grip of vested internet providers over the state’s rural future,” says Rebecca Levings, an activist in Tennessee. “It will free up municipal providers to partner with private and other public providers. If it passes, we probably will see this momentum spread to Tennessee,” which currently restricts those types of public involvement.

The legislature is also addressing barriers to co-ops building and operating broadband networks.

[more…]

Source: Are State Legislatures Wising Up about Broadband Co-ops? – Daily Yonder

(Photo via Botetourt County Economic Development Facebook page.)

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Broadband's Impact

Fiber Broadband Association Kicks Off Fiber Connect 2021

The FBA doled out numerous awards during its first general session of the event.

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FBA's Gary Bolton speaking on stage during Fiber Connect 2021

BROADBAND BREAKFAST INSIGHT: This piece by our friend and colleague Craig Settles addresses several issues about co-ops, broadband, and rural economic development being addressed at the Broadband Communities Summit this week in Austin, Texas. Both Craig Settles, the author of this piece, and Tim Marema, the editor of DailyYonder.com, participated in the Rural Telecommunications Congress program from Tuesday to Thursday. Additional sessions at the conference on Thursday will continue the discussion about electric cooperatives and their role in the rural broadband landscape.

Are State Legislatures Wising Up About Broadband Co-ops?, from Daily Yonder:

State legislatures are inadvertently contributing to a fast-growing trend that’s leading to better broadband: co-ops partnering with municipalities and counties.

In North Carolina, H 431 (the FIBER NC Act) would reduce barriers for local governments to invest in publicly owned broadband infrastructure and work with private-sector partners. The state currently has one of the most draconian restrictions on municipalities’ ability to build these networks.

Community broadband activists say the North Carolina bills represent a potential tipping point.

“Their bill is an attempt to loosen the tight grip of vested internet providers over the state’s rural future,” says Rebecca Levings, an activist in Tennessee. “It will free up municipal providers to partner with private and other public providers. If it passes, we probably will see this momentum spread to Tennessee,” which currently restricts those types of public involvement.

The legislature is also addressing barriers to co-ops building and operating broadband networks.

[more…]

Source: Are State Legislatures Wising Up about Broadband Co-ops? – Daily Yonder

(Photo via Botetourt County Economic Development Facebook page.)

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Craig Settles: Libraries, Barbershops and Salons Tackle TeleHealthcare Gap

Craig Settles describes the important role that community institutions have played in promoting connectivity during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Photo of Urban Kutz Barbershops owner Waverly Willis getting his blood pressure checked used with permission

BROADBAND BREAKFAST INSIGHT: This piece by our friend and colleague Craig Settles addresses several issues about co-ops, broadband, and rural economic development being addressed at the Broadband Communities Summit this week in Austin, Texas. Both Craig Settles, the author of this piece, and Tim Marema, the editor of DailyYonder.com, participated in the Rural Telecommunications Congress program from Tuesday to Thursday. Additional sessions at the conference on Thursday will continue the discussion about electric cooperatives and their role in the rural broadband landscape.

Are State Legislatures Wising Up About Broadband Co-ops?, from Daily Yonder:

State legislatures are inadvertently contributing to a fast-growing trend that’s leading to better broadband: co-ops partnering with municipalities and counties.

In North Carolina, H 431 (the FIBER NC Act) would reduce barriers for local governments to invest in publicly owned broadband infrastructure and work with private-sector partners. The state currently has one of the most draconian restrictions on municipalities’ ability to build these networks.

Community broadband activists say the North Carolina bills represent a potential tipping point.

“Their bill is an attempt to loosen the tight grip of vested internet providers over the state’s rural future,” says Rebecca Levings, an activist in Tennessee. “It will free up municipal providers to partner with private and other public providers. If it passes, we probably will see this momentum spread to Tennessee,” which currently restricts those types of public involvement.

The legislature is also addressing barriers to co-ops building and operating broadband networks.

[more…]

Source: Are State Legislatures Wising Up about Broadband Co-ops? – Daily Yonder

(Photo via Botetourt County Economic Development Facebook page.)

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Broadband Breakfast CEO Drew Clark and BroadbandNow’s John Busby Speak on Libraries and Broadband

Friday’s Gigabit Libraries Network conversation will feature Drew Clark of Broadband Breakfast and John Busby of BroadbandNow.

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BROADBAND BREAKFAST INSIGHT: This piece by our friend and colleague Craig Settles addresses several issues about co-ops, broadband, and rural economic development being addressed at the Broadband Communities Summit this week in Austin, Texas. Both Craig Settles, the author of this piece, and Tim Marema, the editor of DailyYonder.com, participated in the Rural Telecommunications Congress program from Tuesday to Thursday. Additional sessions at the conference on Thursday will continue the discussion about electric cooperatives and their role in the rural broadband landscape.

Are State Legislatures Wising Up About Broadband Co-ops?, from Daily Yonder:

State legislatures are inadvertently contributing to a fast-growing trend that’s leading to better broadband: co-ops partnering with municipalities and counties.

In North Carolina, H 431 (the FIBER NC Act) would reduce barriers for local governments to invest in publicly owned broadband infrastructure and work with private-sector partners. The state currently has one of the most draconian restrictions on municipalities’ ability to build these networks.

Community broadband activists say the North Carolina bills represent a potential tipping point.

“Their bill is an attempt to loosen the tight grip of vested internet providers over the state’s rural future,” says Rebecca Levings, an activist in Tennessee. “It will free up municipal providers to partner with private and other public providers. If it passes, we probably will see this momentum spread to Tennessee,” which currently restricts those types of public involvement.

The legislature is also addressing barriers to co-ops building and operating broadband networks.

[more…]

Source: Are State Legislatures Wising Up about Broadband Co-ops? – Daily Yonder

(Photo via Botetourt County Economic Development Facebook page.)

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