Community Broadband Media Roundup - December 9


USDA invests $62.3 million in rural broadband infrastructure for Alabama families by Jacqueline Susmann, USDA



USDA ReConnect program grants almost $19 million for Alaska broadband by Carl Weinschenk, telecompetitor. 

“The New Internet Communications for Everyone in Yakutat (NICEY) FTTH network will target all 662 year-round residents and businesses in the community. The network will be connected via a 230-mile Cordova Telecom microwave middle-mile network to the community of Cordova. There, the network will connect to the provider’s submarine fiber.”


Yakutat to hop aboard the broadband wagon by Ari Snider, KCAW



The one-traffic-light town with some of the fastest Internet in the U.S. by Sue Halpern, The New Yorker 



Lakeland has 2 deals with possible broadband partners by Sara-Megan Walsh, The Ledger



Internet access for rural Ohio by U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, The Highland County Press

Medina fiber secures funding for phase 1 of its build out by BBC Wires, Broadband Communities 



City lowers public benefit expectations for municipal fiber plans by Vernon Miles, ALXnow



Too big to be left unnoticed: America’s uncompetitive broadband market, Benton Institute 

“The FCC’s most recent figures show that at a typical speed of 100 Mbps download and 10 Mbps upload, about 11% of American households have no access (that’s the deployment problem); about 35% are in a monopoly market with only one provider and about the same percentage, 37% are in a duopoly, where there are only two providers. In other words, over 70% have either no choice or only one choice.”

FCC’s $9 billion rural 5G fund insufficient; hides poor state of broadband deployment by David Vance, Common Cause

FCC announces $9 billion fund for rural 5G deployment by Jason Plautz, Smart Cities Dive

5G on the horizon: here’s what it is and what’s coming by Rob Pegoraro, Ars Technica

5G could change the world. 5G is also marketing hype by Andy Uhler, Marketplace