Community Broadband Media Roundup - December 3


Centennial aims for future with fiber-optic backbone by John Aguilar, The Denver Post

Broadband grant application withdrawn, YVEA announces plans for Craig buildout, Craig Press



Clermont, Fla., to expand public Internet access downtown by Roxanne Brown, Daily Commercial



Timing right to expand broadband by Erica Quinlan, AgriNews Publication



City begins search for Internet solutions by Michael Crumb, Ames Tribune

City council looks at Internet service issues, discusses public Internet option by Talon Delaney, Iowa State Daily 



Ellsworth broadband speeds still have some catching up to do by Kate Cough, The Ellsworth American 

Fast Internet is critical for nearly every aspect of life in the 21st century. Hospitals require it for electronic medical records and telehealth; schoolchildren need it for homework and research, businesses use it for sales and inventory. Seniors may take advantage of virtual health care to be able to stay in their homes. But access across the country is not equal, leading to what is often called “the digital divide.”



Lack of Internet service in Cleveland neighborhoods linked to serious health issues, study reveals by Joe Pagonakis, News5



Broadband coalition seeks to build public support by Richard Hanners, Blue Mountain Eagle



Survey seeks to determine Lampasans’ level of interest in faster Internet service, Lampasas Dispatch Record



Internet co-op to build fiber infrastructure for rural Crawford County, Guttenberg Press



Gigabit? More like, you can gigabet the US will fall behind on super-fast broadband access by Kieren McCarthy, The Register

While the US is weighed down by an oligopolistic market with a small number of large broadband companies that avoid competing with one another to form local monopolies and maximize profits, China is focused on the end goal of getting gigabit to the masses.

House Democrats who haven’t supported net neutrality yet have all taken money from telecoms by Kaleigh Rogers, Motherboard

Broadband for farmland? Here's why it matters for America by Mike Stern, Forbes 

But when 29 % of U.S. farms have no access to the Internet, it's impossible for them to access these tools. That means they can't utilize things like weather stations, in-field sensors, farm equipment, drones and satellites, all of which can produce data that can help farmers make more informed decisions on how to manage their crops and increase the productivity on their fields.